Institutional Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for the JD degree include competency in the following:

Learning Outcome 1: Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law.

  1. Identifying and applying the foundational concepts of civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property, torts, and understanding the manner in which the law, both statutory and judge-made, changes.
  2. Identifying and applying key concepts from a range of other areas of law not taught in courses required by the law school, but generally understood to be among those considered important for the practice of law.
  3. Understanding the structure of the American legal system.

Learning Outcome 2: Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context.

  1. Identifying legal rules within legal authorities.
  2. Synthesizing legal rules of law into a logical framework for analysis.
  3. Using legal authorities to determine the likely outcome of a case.
  4. Identifying and using relevant research materials and providing proper attribution to them.
  5. Writing documents that follow the requirements of form and are appropriate to the circumstances.
  6. Speaking in a clear, well-reasoned, organized manner that is appropriate to the audience and the circumstances.

Learning Outcome 3: Exercise of the proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system.

  1. Identifying the ethical considerations, disciplinary standards, and laws that govern the practice of law.
  2. Applying the knowledge of professional ethics to the representation of clients and the resolution of ethical and other professional dilemmas.
  3. Understanding the professional and ethical responsibilities of lawyers to the legal system, clients, the profession, and society.

Learning Outcome 4: Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.

  1. Using self-reflection on professional experiences and identifying the ability to use self-reflection to improve performance.
  2. Spotting relevant legal issues in a fact-pattern.
  3. Analyzing a legal issue of a student's choosing in a manner that meets the upper level writing requirements for graduation.

Adopted in compliance with ABA Standard 302 by the Faculty of the University of Iowa College of Law on April 28, 2016.