The University of Tennessee College of Law has established five learning outcomes that describe the required knowledge, skills, and values that will be achieved by our graduates. In order to help our students achieve these learning outcomes, the faculty has adopted a rigorous curriculum that includes core first year courses, required professional responsibility and constitutional law courses, required first year and upper division courses that address bias, cross-cultural competence, and racism, and elective courses in which students must complete at least six credits of experiential coursework, an expository writing course, a planning and drafting course, and a perspectives course. Throughout the curriculum and in co-curricular activities, the faculty endeavors to help students develop their professional identities. In our Legal Clinic and other experiential courses, our students learn and utilize the knowledge, skills, and values essential to legal practice.
Learning Outcome 1: Substantive and Procedural Law
Graduates will attain knowledge of substantive and procedural law sufficient to begin the practice of law.
Learning Outcome 2: Legal Analysis & Reasoning
Graduates will be proficient in legal analysis and reasoning skills.
Learning Outcome 3: Legal Research, Problem-Solving, and Communication Skills
Graduates will be proficient at conducting legal research, utilizing research and analysis in solving problems, and effectively communicating information appropriate for a given audience.
Learning Outcome 4: Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
Graduates will understand how to act in a professional manner, how to comply with the standards of professional conduct, and how to fulfill a lawyer’s responsibilities as a representative of clients, an officer of the court, and a public citizen responsible for the quality and availability of justice.
Learning Outcome 5: Professional Self-Development Planning
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to create, execute, and adapt a plan for reaching their professional goals.
Updated May 2022.