The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas law school in Minneapolis, MN, has launched a new, searchable, web-based clearinghouse of information regarding law school learning outcomes.
The Learning Outcomes Database includes all learning outcomes that have been published and posted on law school websites throughout the United States and houses them in a single, user-friendly online location. The database is organized in three categories structured around the language of ABA Standard 302:
- Standard 302 (a) — (a) Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law.
- Standard 302 (b) and (d) — (b) Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context; and (d) Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.
- Standard 302 (c) and (d) — (c) Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and (d) Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.
The database of learning outcomes also is searchable by law school.
The database will be updated quarterly each May, August, November and February. Holloran Center staff will “sweep” law school web pages to identify additions or changes to the information. The Center also will maintain an archive to allow users to see how law school learning outcomes evolve over time.
Direct to Learning Outcomes Database