May 19, 2019
The Faculty of the College of Law has adopted the following student learning outcomes for the J.D. program and expects its graduates to demonstrate competency in each through completion of required courses and programs in the J.D. curriculum:
Program Learning Outcomes and Performance Criteria
- Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of substantive and procedural law necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession and related professions and industries by:
- Understanding various sources of law and legal authority, their relative priority, and how they interact;
- Demonstrating ability to identify, describe, and apply fundamental rules of law; and
- Understanding the relationship and interaction between substantive and procedural law.
- Graduates will demonstrate competency in legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving by:
- Demonstrating capacity to identify issues relevant to resolving legal questions and differentiate issues based on their importance;
- Demonstrating ability to research applicable legal authority;
- Demonstrating capacity to resolve legal problems thoroughly and methodically by:
- Critically reading applicable authority;
- Synthesizing the relevant rules of law into a logical framework for analysis;
- Applying the identified rules to the facts, including evaluating potential counterarguments; and
- When appropriate, analogizing the facts to or distinguishing the facts from those of precedent cases; and
- Demonstrating ability to take multiple or opposing perspectives and assess the strongest arguments from each perspective.
- Graduates will demonstrate competency in written and oral communication with members of the legal and related professions as well as the public by:
- Demonstrating ability to write legal documents that are clear, concise, well-reasoned, organized, professional in tone, appropriate to the audience and circumstances, and, if appropriate, contain proper citation to authority;
- Demonstrating ability to effectively advocate for a position, both orally and in writing, taking into account the standpoint of the recipient of the communication and the context in which it is made.
- Graduates will demonstrate competency in the professional skills lawyers need to meet their responsibilities by:
- Demonstrating capacity to improve performance based on feedback;
- Demonstrating ability to advise a client regarding available options, including advantages and disadvantages of each option;
- Demonstrating ability to advise a client about the relative advantages and disadvantages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution;
- Demonstrating ability to work collaboratively;
- Demonstrating ability to plan and implement a factual investigation; and
- Demonstrating ability to negotiate effectively on behalf of a client.
- Graduates will demonstrate commitment to professionalism and ethics by:
- Demonstrating understanding of the different roles that lawyers play (e.g., advocate, counselor, gatekeeper, officer of the court, member of the bar) and the ethical responsibilities incumbent on each of these roles;
- Demonstrating understanding of how ethical standards are enforced;
- Demonstrating ability to recognize ethical issues presented by a set of facts, identify the applicable ethical rules, and choose an appropriate course of action; and
- Demonstrating commitment to the values of promoting justice, fairness, and morality and assisting those in need.
The Juris Doctor Program at The University of Tulsa College of Law consists of:
- 31 hours of required courses during the first year;
- 18 - 21 hours of upper class required courses (36 to 42 for students with a GPA of 2.75 or lower at the time of their first academic status review); and
- Elective courses that allow students to explore areas of interest including sustainable energy resources law, health law, and Native American law.
Basic Degree Requirements
To receive a Juris Doctor Degree from The University of Tulsa College of Law a student must:
- Complete 88 hours of coursework with passing grades no sooner than 24 months or no later than 84 months after commencing law school,
- Achieve an accumulative grade point average of at least 2.00, and
- Fulfill all of the graduation requirements described below.
First Year Full-Time Courses
Each student must fulfill upper class writing requirement by completing substantial research paper through:
- Seminar (2 or 3 hours) OR
- Participation with one of two College of Law journals by earning a certificate of participation and writing a paper certified by a faculty member
Recommended Bar Courses
Required for students with 2.75 GPA or lower at the time of their first Academic Status Review:
All courses required for students subject to 2.75 rule.
Any two courses required for students subject to 2.75 rule.