- Effective client representation integrates doctrine, theory, skills, and legal ethics. Effective client representation involves several skill sets, including
- Effective legal analysis begins with knowledge and understanding of substantive law, legal theory, and legal procedure. Students must be able to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to derive and apply legal rules in a variety of contexts. Students will be able to formulate clear and effective legal analyses based on knowledge acquired through research, case and statutory analysis, practical experience, and analysis of other legal materials.
- Effective legal writing differs depending on the document, such as an appellate brief, trial brief, transactional document, letter, or memo. However, all effective legal writing requires:
- Understanding and appropriately and effectively using legal authority
- Precise use of language
- The communication of legal and factual analysis clearly to a designated audience
Course requirements for the degree
The curriculum map shows how each required course contributes to the program's learning outcomes.
Annual Learning Outcomes Assessment Report(s)
In a process called assessment, the faculty of each degree program measure student attainment of program learning outcomes goals on an annual basis. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:
In assessing learning outcomes, program faculty often develop rubrics which establish criteria and expectations showing how outcomes are evaluated. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:
Program review represents Chapman's commitment to excellence in academic programs through periodic review of educational effectiveness. Every 5 to 7 years, program faculty members prepare a self-study report, which is reviewed by external, expert reviewers, numerous Chapman faculty governance councils and committees, and the Office of the Chancellor. Program review provides an opportunity for each program to reflect on its educational effectiveness as well as its contribution to the university's mission and strategic plan. The results of program review guide institutional planning, budgeting and decision-making.
Program Review Schedule: 2006-2007, 2011-2012, 2016-2017, 2021-2022
- Self Study: Fall 2013
- External Review/Site Visit: Fall 2013
- External Reviewers Report Submitted: Spring 2013
See department website for additional information about this program