Juris Doctor


This is the Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plan for this program. See department website for additional information about this program

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will know basic principles of the substantive and procedural law covered in the following courses: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations/Business Associations, Criminal Law, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation, Professional Responsibility, Property and Torts.
  • Graduates will be able to engage in legal analysis and reasoning as required for the competent practice of the law.
  • Graduates will research legal issues effectively and efficiently.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to write effectively as needed for the competent practice of law.
  • Graduates will orally communicate in a professional manner that is audience appropriate.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to engage in the professional conduct expected of practicing attorneys, and the ethical standards set out in the ABA model rules, required to competently represent clients and to provide for an effectively functioning legal system.
  • Graduates will be able to diagnose problems confronting clients, understand clients’ objectives, and generate strategies to achieve those objectives.

Course requirements for the degree

» University Catalog

Curricular Map

The curricular map shows how each required course contributes to the program's learning outcomes.

» Curricular Map (PDF)

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:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Process (PDF)

Assessment Rubric

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:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric (PDF)

Program Review

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 Provost. 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.