Outcomes and Assessments


1.  Learning Outcome:  Graduates will develop knowledge of a broad cross-section of constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and common law.

Performance Criteria:

Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, historical development, and application of Family Law.


2.  Learning Outcome:  Graduates will competently comprehend, interpret, and analyze constitutions, statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions.

Performance Criteria:

a.     Graduates will identify the key facts, issues, reasoning, holdings, assumptions, and policies that underlie judicial decisions and independently critique them.

b.     Graduates will apply principles of statutory interpretation to construe statutes and regulations.

c.     Graduates will determine the applicable legal rules from multiple sources of the law and seek to reconcile any competing principles.


3.  Learning Outcome:  Graduates will speak and write effectively about the law in a manner appropriate to the audience.

Performance Criteria:

Graduates will explain legal issues understandably orally and in writing.


4.  Learning Outcome:  Graduates will approach legal problems practically.

Performance Criteria:

Graduates will propose solutions to problems that take into account applicable law, client interests, changed circumstances, alternative options, and practical constraints.


5.  Learning Outcome:  Graduates will appreciate the important roles lawyers play in society, and recognize the impact of law on people and institutions.

Performance Criteria:

Graduates will recognize differing perspectives in resolving legal issues.


Formative Assessments

  • In-class written essays
  • Oral feedback on class participation
  • Essay exam writing workshops


Summative Assessments

  • Final exam
  • Classroom participation