Unit: Law
Program: Law (LLM)
Degree: Master's
Date: Fri Oct 03, 2014 - 2:23:33 pm

1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

The Law School's LLM Program is for foreign law graduates only and it takes one academic year (and 24 credits) to complete.  Two courses are offered specifically for the LLM students, one required and one optional, but the LLM students take all the rest of their courses with the JD students.  The specific SLOs are given below:

The William S. Richardson School of Law LL.M. complies with American Bar Association standards, having received acquiescence in 2003. Students in the Richardson LL.M. program have already trained as lawyers in diverse global legal systems and often have substantial practice experience when they begin their LL.M. year of study at Richardson. The Richardson LL.M. Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are specific and tailored to their foreign law experience and training. The LL.M. SLOs are:

(1) To gain a comparative understanding of the importance of law and legal institutions in the U.S., and the role of lawyers and the judiciary in the American legal system;

(2) To understand the professional ethics and service obligations of lawyers;

(3) To master fundamental skills in American legal research, legal analysis, and legal reasoning;

(4) To learn to communicate an understanding of U.S. legal issues effectively both orally and in writing; and

(5) To develop expertise in a specialized area of U.S. or international law through successful completion of an organized program of courses in a selected specialization. (Updated Aug. 2014)

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/llm-curriculum
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/student-handbook
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Select one option:

No map submitted.

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)

No (skip to question 14)

6) For the period between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

We rethought and revised the general SLOs for the LLM program.

We continue to revise and rework the two specifically LLM program courses, (a) Introduction to US Law and (b) Legal Research and Writing, to work toward the first and third SLOs for the program.  Every year we seek comments and suggestions from the LLM students participating in the courses, including the regular course assessment process and through informal discussion.

7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.

Course evaluations done in individual courses and meetings, informal evaluations during the course (anonymous comments on any topic the student chooses), and meetings with students individually at the end of their first semester to assess their progress and seek their suggestions.

As a formal matter, the Law School does a thorough self-study for accreditation purposes every seven years.  The LLM program underwent acomplete assessment as part of the last self-study process (2009-10) and will participate in the next one, which will begin in 2015-16.

8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

This is a very small program (8-15 students) and most but not all participate in informal assessments and the course evaluations at the end of the semester.  The faculty adviser meets with the students individually to discuss their individual goals and their general progress. 

9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)

10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)

11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.

For informal assessment exercises and in individual meetings, we ask open-ended questions of the students, to see what they find most helpful in the two LLM courses; we also ask which JD courses they would recommend to other LLM students and why.

12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

We use the results to help future LLM students plan their courses during the year they spend at the Law School.  We also revised the specializations that LLM students may earn during the course of their study at the Law School, introducing several new ones and adding new courses to the specializations in place.

13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.