J.D. Program Learning Outcomes

PLO 1. Legal Knowledge and Understanding:

  • UCI Law graduates have knowledge and understanding of the U.S. legal system and the principal fields of substantive and procedural law.

PLO 2. Essential Practice Competencies:

  • UCI Law graduates have the competencies essential for the practice of law. They can effectively spot, analyze and research legal issues; apply legal reasoning; develop solutions to legal problems; find and develop facts; communicate orally and in writing in the legal context, using a style and format appropriate for the audience and the purpose; and negotiate and draft agreements. They understand and are capable of lawyering in a client-centered manner.

PLO 3. Ethics and Professionalism:

  • UCI Law graduates are committed to professionalism and the ethical practice of law. They understand the rules of professional conduct and their responsibilities to clients and the legal system; can spot ethical issues and exercise sound ethical judgment; and are respectful and civil in their professional relationships. They are committed to public service, the rule of law, improving access to justice, and providing pro bono legal services, regardless of their field and setting of practice.

PLO 4. The Legal Profession:

  • UCI Law graduates have a basic understanding of the history, structure and economics of the legal profession, and are aware of the range of professional opportunities available to them as lawyers. They value inclusiveness, equity, and diversity in the legal profession.

PLO 5. Critical Perspectives:

  • UCI Law graduates are familiar with critical perspectives on how law relates to race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, disability, immigration status, and class. They appreciate the impact of law on access to justice and how the law influences and is influenced by the distribution of resources in society.

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