Unit: Law
Program: Law (JD)
Degree: Doctor, Juris
Date: Tue Nov 03, 2009 - 6:50:08 am

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

The William S. Richardson School of Law is a professional school conferring Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees. The school's JD program is accredited by the American Bar Association and accepted for membership in the Association of American Law Schools.

Students admitted to the JD program must have an undergraduate degree, among other requirements.

In Hawai`i, and nearly every other state, a JD 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 examination and to practice law ethically and effectively. The school also emphasizes areas of law of importance to Hawai`i and to the school's mission.

JD Program student outcomes are to:

(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:

(i) understanding of the theory, philosophy, role, and ramifications of the law and its institutions;

(ii) proficiency in legal analysis, reasoning, problem solving; oral and written communication; legal research;

(iii) fundamental professional practices necessary to participate effectively in the legal profession;

(iv) 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; and

(5) understand and respect law as a social institution in the context of a diverse state with a unique and important history and recognize our global connectedness, especially to the Asia and Pacific regions.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/law/site-content/jd-program/student-learning-outcomes/index.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied

See question 6

6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

What is the bar passage rate and how are students doing on their exams and other methods of assessing knowledge learned.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Bar passage list and rates for all takers and our students. Review student grades.

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

Bar examiners do the analysis and interpretation. We analyze in regards to our students and determine what, if anything, we need to do to improve our bar passage rate.

Individual instructors evaluate student exams and use other assessment tools.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

66 students took the bar in July; 8 in February.

10) Summarize the Actual Results

85% of our students passed the July bar; overall rate for all takers was 75%.

100% of our students passed the February bar; we don’t know the state passage rate.

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

Received results: Bar takers and administrators and faculty at the law school.

Results are discussed among the deans and in a faculty meeting.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

Our students are highly success at passing the bar and our pass rate is significantly higher than for all takers. During our self-study process which we are currently undergoing in preparation for our accreditation visit, we discovered that students take our courses that teach material that is tested on the bar much more often than non-bar courses. Therefore, the “bar” courses have the most students.

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

In the past based on results, we started a bar review class within the law school. We are comfortable with the recent bar results. We are not planning any changes to the curriculum as a result.

We will look at the students’ choice of bar courses as part of our overall curriculum review.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

We should focus more specifically on developing a comprehensive assessment process and a curriculum map. Because we are undergoing a self study, we have quite a bit of data that will be used as part of a more structured strategic planning process.

15) Other Important Information

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.

17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.