University of Missouri School of Law Institutional Learning Outcomes

Substantive Goals

Upon completing their education at the University of Missouri School of Law, graduates will

  • have achieved a basic understanding of substantive law sufficient to pass the bar exam;
  • understand the theoretical bases for and public policies of various types of substantive laws;
  • appreciate the implications of the substantive law when representing clients; and
  • appreciate the connection between different substantive areas of law/practice.

Procedural and Skill-Based Goals

Upon completing their education at the University of Missouri School of Law, graduates will be able to

  • write, rewrite and understand practical documents relating to various procedural and substantive areas of law;
  • discuss and present procedural and substantive issues and authorities orally;
  • evaluate the relative propriety of various skills, procedures and options and apply the appropriate mechanism in different situations; and
  • act as an advocate by adapting policy arguments to advocate on behalf of clients and rationalizing an outcome to real life situations that deviate from black letter law and/or primary cases studied.

Professional Goals

Upon completing their education at the University of Missouri School of Law, graduates will be able to

  • research and assess factual issues and core principles of procedural and substantive law;
  • conduct comprehensive and emotionally sensitive client interviews and counseling sessions
  • exercise good strategic and ethical judgment;
  • display a high degree of professionalism, including a desire to continue learning about the law and manage professional obligations competently; and
  • act as leaders in the profession and in promoting justice.