In May 2015, the faculty voted to adopt the following learning outcomes after a year of roundtable discussions with alums who are members of the bench and bar. The faculty believe the learning outcomes identified are central to a comprehensive legal education for students at Loyola College of Law. The Outcomes support the law school’s mission statement of “[p]reparing a diverse community of students to be thoughtful counselors, skilled advocates, compassionate leaders in the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor, pursuit of justice, and service to others.”
Knowledge of substantive law and processes
- Graduates will be able to understand and distinguish between civil and common law methodology; and demonstrate knowledge of substantive and procedural rules of law, the processes through which law is created, applied, and changed, the policies underlying laws, and the methods used to resolve legal disputes.
Analysis and reasoning
- Graduates will be able to identify legal issues, apply the rules of law and policy to facts, construct arguments and analyze counter arguments, adapt arguments as facts change and are discovered, exercise practical judgment, and use facts, law, and policy to persuade.
Research and information gathering
- Graduates will be able to conduct an investigation of facts, prepare a narrative based on facts, and perform comprehensive legal and non-legal research in print and electronic format.
- Graduates will be able to articulate cogent legal issues, write objective and persuasive analysis, draft legal documents such as pleadings and contracts, actively listen and react to changing facts and expectations, communicate orally and in writing with clients, colleagues, members of other professions, and decision makers, and understand the importance of relationship-centered lawyering.
- Graduates will be able to construct solutions in light of a client's objectives, anticipate consequences and assess risks, and practice skilled negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation strategy.
Professional and ethical identity
- Graduates will be able to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas, conduct themselves in accordance with the standards of professional conduct, establish a reputation and understand the value of honesty and integrity, understand the skill and value of self-reflection, and participate in activities designed to further professional goals.
Commitment to public service
- Graduates will be able to recognize issues facing the vulnerable populations in society and the tools available to lawyers to affect change, and be alert to the Jesuit mission of service to those communities.
Organization and working with others
- Graduates will be able to organize and manage individual work and deadlines, network within the profession, understand the importance of cross-cultural competence as a factor in communication and working with others, evaluate the work of others and work in a collaborative environment.