Unit: Law
Program: Law (JD)
Degree: Doctor, Juris
Date: Mon Nov 03, 2014 - 6:43:55 pm

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

JD Program Student Learning Outcomes


The Law School’s J.D. program is accredited by the American Bar Association and accepted for membership in the Association of American Law Schools. Students admitted to the J.D. program must have an undergraduate degree, among other requirements. In Hawaiʻi, and nearly every other state, a J.D. degree from an accredited school is essential to become a licensed attorney. The Law School necessarily focuses substantial attention on those learning objectives aimed at preparation to pass the bar exam and to practice law ethically and effectively. The school also emphasizes areas of law of importance to Hawaiʻi and to the school’s mission. The J.D. Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are:

  1. Understand ethical responsibilities as representatives of clients, officers of the court, and public citizens responsible for the quality and availability of justice;

  2. Obtain basic education through a curriculum that develops:

    • understanding of the theory, philosophy, role, and ramifications of the law and its institutions;

    • proficiency in legal analysis, reasoning, problem solving; oral and written communication; legal research;

    • fundamental professional practices necessary to participate effectively in the legal profession;

    • mastery of substantive law regarded as necessary to effective and responsible participation in the legal profession through a completion of a curriculum of required and elective study;

  3. Understand the law as a public profession calling for performance of Pro Bono legal services;

  4. Promote the development of students' critical thinking skills and other intellectual tools that will serve their life-long learning needs, and enable them to provide leadership in law through contributions in research and practice;

  5. Understand and respect law as a social institution in the context of a diverse state with a unique and important history; and

  6. Recognize our global connectedness, especially to the Asia and Pacific regions.


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

Department Website URL: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/content/jd-program-student-learning-outcomes
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:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2014:

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.

The Law School worked with the Assessment Office in Spring 2012 as part of the implementation of the Law School Strategic Plan.  Momentum did not continue through AY13-14 due to other priorities and changes in the focus of the Curriculum Committee. Assessment will be undertaken this AY14-15 in preparation for reaccreditation of the Law School (AY16-17).