- Client representation integrates doctrine, theory, skills, and legal ethics. Effective client representation involves several skill sets, including: interviewing, counseling, advocacy, and negotiation. Through coursework (including clinics and externships related to specific LLM programs), LLM candidates will be able to effectively represent clients in a variety of legal situations.
- Effective legal analysis involves working with and understanding substantive legal materials. Students must be able use critical thinking and problem solving skills to apply legal rules in a variety of contexts. Students should be able to formulate clear and effective legal analyses based on knowledge acquired through case and statutory analysis, research, analysis of other legal materials, and depending on the nature of the LLM program, practical experience.
- Effective legal writing requires the ability to (1) Understand and effectively use legal authority, (2) use language with precision and (3) communicate analysis of law and facts to a designated audience. Students should be able to compose written analysis of the facts presented using legal principles. They will learn to write precisely, clearly, and persuasively.
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