University of Missouri School of Law Institutional Learning Outcomes

Adopted by the Faculty, May 2018

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

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law.
    Students demonstrate they have met this outcome by:
    1. Identifying and applying foundational concepts in a variety of areas of legal practice;
    2. Grasping the organization, hierarchy, and relationships of legal systems;
    3. Identifying the sources of law, the ways they relate to one another, and how the law evolves.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to employ legal analysis, legal reasoning, factual development, problem-solving skills, and communication skills.
    Students demonstrate they have met this outcome by:
    1. Identifying relevant legal issues raised by clients’ legal matters;
    2. Drawing appropriate conclusions based on the facts, taking into account clients’ interests, goals, and objectives;
    3. Preparing a variety of legal documents;
    4. Writing in a clear, concise, effective, and persuasive manner;
    5. Making persuasive oral arguments and presentations.
  3. Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system.
    Students demonstrate they have met this outcome by:
    1. Identifying the goals, structures, values, and responsibilities of the legal profession;
    2. Identifying and applying rules of professional conduct for attorneys;
    3. Explaining the basis for making good strategic and ethical judgments.
  4. Develop the ability to act as leaders in the profession, in our state, and in promoting justice.
    Students may demonstrate they have met this outcome in multiple ways, including by:
    1. Taking leadership and meaningful supportive roles in student organizations;
    2. Appreciating the importance of continued education on legal matters of public importance;
    3. Getting involved in public service activities and projects, both law- and non-law related;
    4. Participating in local, regional, national, and/or international legal institutions, such as bar organizations.
    5. Being able to discuss issues and legal matters of public importance with respect for colleagues and others.