Learning Outcomes and Objectives

The faculty of the Charleston School of Law have adopted the following Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

I. Graduates shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of the substantive and procedural law regarded as necessary to effective, competent, and responsible participation in the legal profession.

Objective 1: Graduates shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding  of: Contracts; Torts; Property; Civil Procedure; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Constitutional Law; Evidence; Sales; Wills, Trusts & Estates; Business Associations; and Secured Transactions.

II. Graduates shall demonstrate the ability to identify, understand, and resolve ethical and professional issues in light of the ethical principles and rules that govern the legal profession.

Objective 1: Graduates shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their ethical responsibilities as representatives of clients.

Objective 2: Graduates shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the requirement of their ethical responsibilities as officers of the courts.

Objective 3: Graduates shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their ethical responsibilities as public citizens.

Objective 4: Graduates shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal profession’s values of candor, honesty, and integrity.

III. Graduates shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the law as a public profession calling for the performance of pro bono services.

Objective 1: Graduates shall, prior to graduation, provide at least 30 hours of pro bono legal assistance to the community and shall be encouraged to provide 50 hours or more.

Objective 2: Graduates shall be encouraged to provide pro bono law-related public service.

IV. Graduates shall demonstrate the ability to conduct legal research and analysis; to engage in legal reasoning and problem solving; and to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

Objective 1: Graduates shall demonstrate the ability to conduct legal research.

Objective 2: Graduates shall demonstrate the ability to conduct legal analysis and to engage in legal reasoning.

Objective 3: Graduates shall demonstrate the ability to engage in problem solving.

V. Graduates shall demonstrate competency in professional skills necessary for effective participation as a member of the legal profession.

Objective 1: Graduates shall demonstrate competency in aspects of litigation practice, including pre-trial practice, trial practice, and appellate practice.

Objective 2: Graduates shall demonstrate competency in fact development and drafting legal documents.