Learning Outcomes Database
This database contains a searchable list of all law school learning outcomes that were available on law school webpages as of January 2022. We have identified those law schools with “basic” learning outcomes – those that recite the language of Standard 302 and nothing more. We also have identified those law schools with more robust learning outcomes than required by the language of Standard 302.
The following tabs categorize law school learning outcomes using the structure of Standard 302.
Learning Outcomes 302(a) contains language of law school learning outcomes associated with Standard 302(a) – competency in (a) Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law.
Learning Outcomes 302(b) and (d) contains language of law school learning outcomes associated with Standard 302(b) and (d) – competency in (b) Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context; and (d) Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession. This includes some “other professional skills” to the extent they are associated with communication and problem-solving, such as client interviewing, fact investigation, document drafting, negotiation, trial advocacy, etc.
Learning Outcomes 302(c) and (d) contains language of law school learning outcomes associated with Standards 302(c) and (d) – competency in (c) Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and (d) Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession. This includes some “other professional skills” associated with professional and ethical responsibilities such as cultural competence, integrity, diligence, self-directedness, teamwork, etc.
The database has been updated as of January 2022.
The database does not include the JAG School or any of the three Puerto Rican law schools. It also excludes the following law schools that have lost ABA accreditation or have phased out or are phasing out of operation since the first iteration of the Learning Outcomes Databases: Arizona Summit, Florida Coastal, Indiana Tech, LaVerne, Thomas Jefferson, Valparaiso, and Whittier.
With the above adjustments, there are 194 ABA accredited law schools that should have posted learning outcomes. We have found learning outcomes for 185 of these schools that are in the data base. The law schools that do not have learning outcomes posted on their law school webpage as of January 2022 include: Columbia Univeristy, University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, Lewis and Clark University, Louisiana State University, University of Miami, College of William and Mary, University of Wyoming and Yeshiva University (Cardozo).
Some schools list learning outcomes that do not clearly state a competency that all students will demonstrate. For example, some schools have statements that students will demonstrate some skills from a list of skills using language like “such as [and a list of skills}” or “which may include [and a list of skills].” This language does not guarantee a graduate will obtain any specific skill. Accordingly, these statementshave not been included as a learning outcome.
A newly added category, Client-Centered Problem Solving, reflects learning outcomes with a principled focus of client attentiveness with respect to problem solving. To be included in this learning outcome list, the school had to adopt language going significantly beyond simple problem solving to include a message strongly reflecting a client focus.