Concordia University School of Law is dedicated to graduating the students we enroll with the skills necessary to be successful on the bar and in practice. Our core mission includes service to students and, through them, to a society in desperate need of affordable legal services.
Through our rigorous academics we are committed to provide you the skills necessary to be successful in the legal profession:
- You will be treated and graded as an individual and your success is our success. Professors use their judgment to set grades, and the school does not impose mandatory curves on professors. We like to develop pre-set standards for success. Your academic achievement is our core goal.
- Entrepreneurial faculty with focus on student success and outcomes. Concordia faculty are passionate about teaching and they prepare you from their academic and professional experience in practice. They have years of experience in trials and appeals. They know, first hand, what it takes to help you pass the bar and to practice law.
- We're committed to training practice-ready lawyers. Although our core faculty are committed to the law school full time, we work closely with practicing lawyers to mold our curriculum and teaching methods for the next generation of lawyers and clients. In your first year, you will draft practice complaints, motions, and discovery requests and practice depositions. Practicum classes are offered during the same semester as many of our upper-level classes. These practicums are coordinated with the doctrinal classes so you will immediately apply technique to develop the art and science of law.
Unique programs at Concordia Law
Legacy Mentorship Program
The mission of the Legacy Mentor Program is to give Concordia students insight into how the foundational legal education taught in the classroom can be applied to real experience, and show them how they can use their skills to create change, serve others, and become active citizens in our community.
The Legacy Mentorship Program allows us to pair each student with an attorney or judge who can introduce that mentee to the broad range of legal and judicial experience, while reinforcing the importance of skills, ethics and community.
Advantages of this program include
- Hands-on experience with the mentor in observation of lawyers and judges at work in a variety of settings.
- Guidance to the student to achieve their professional development goals.
- A resource on a wide variety of issues, including skills development, coursework and career decisions, and ethical dilemmas.
- Networking opportunities for future employment.
The faculty has adopted the following learning outcomes. ABA 302.
A. Graduates shall demonstrate competency in the knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law.
1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the terms, rules, and principles of law.
1.1. Define terminology
1.2. Articulate black letter rules of law
1.3. Explain black letter rules of law
1.4. Apply black letter rules of law
1.5. Articulate policy and rationale behind policy
1.6. Explain policy and rationale behind policy
1.7. Apply policy
2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the impact of legal rules on society.
2.1. Recognize the impact of law on society
2.2. Explain the impact of law on society
2.3. Examine how a shift in law would impact society
3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of legal systems and institutions.
3.1. Identify legal systems (civil, common law, religious, and mixed)
3.2. Explain legal systems and their structure
3.3. Examine legal systems and their structure
3.4. Identify legal institutions
3.5. Explain legal institutions and their structure
3.6. Examine legal institutions and their structure
4. Students will combine doctrinal knowledge, procedural rules, lawyering skills, and/or professional values.
4.1. Recognize that doctrine, rules, skills, and values are interrelated in the practice of law
4.2. Use doctrine, rules, skills, and/or values to solve legal problems
4.3. Create a solution to a legal problem by combining doctrine, rules, skills, and/or values
5. Students will determine the relevant rules or authority appropriate to the legal situation.
5.1. Assess factual situation
5.2. Differentiate between possible applicable rules or authority
5.3. Interpret various outcomes under different rules or authorities
5.4. Apply appropriate rules or authority
5.5. Justify application of chosen rule or authority
B. Graduates shall demonstrate competency in legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context.
6. Students will apply rules to analyze how factual scenarios will likely be resolved.
6.1. Select controlling legal principle
6.2. Apply appropriate rule to the facts
6.3. Analyze likely outcomes based on appropriate rule
7. Students will apply policy and practical considerations to analyze how factual scenarios will likely be resolved.
7.1. Select policies and/or practical considerations
7.2. Explain how policies and/or practical considerations apply
7.3. Apply appropriate policies and/or practical considerations to the facts
7.4. Analyze likely outcomes based on policies and/or practical considerations
8. Students will assess all sides of an issue to determine how the issue would likely be resolved.
8.1. Identify positions parties could take
8.2. Distinguish outcome based on each position
8.3. Examine possible outcomes for each position
8.4. Select most appropriate position for each party
8.5. Propose most likely outcome for each position
8.6. Justify proposed resolution
9. Students will assess the principles and policies underlying legal rules to criticize those rules and to justify arguments for their reversal, modification, or extension.
9.1. Identify principles and policies underlying a rule
9.2. Explain principles and policies underlying a rule
9.3. Examine implications of principles and policies
9.4. Differentiate between practical and desired application of the rule
9.5. Propose alternatives to legal rule based on principles and policies
9.6. Assess proposed alternatives
10. Students will research efficiently and effectively.
10.1. Follow instructions
10.2. Identify the subject matter to research
10.3. Create a research plan
10.4. Evaluate appropriate source(s)
10.5. Construct and execute search strategies
10.6. Read and analyze results
10.7. Refine search as necessary
10.8. Apply research to the issue or problem
11. Students will demonstrate the ability to interview clients.
11.1. Plan for the interview
11.2. Build trust and rapport
11.3. Ask appropriate questions to elicit necessary information
11.4. Listen and respond appropriately
11.5. Communicate further actions/next steps
11.6. Review and compile notes into appropriate format
11.7. Send follow-up communication to interviewee
12. Students will demonstrate the ability to counsel clients.
12.1. Prepare for the meeting
12.2. Develop trust and rapport
12.3. Inform client of alternatives
12.4. Inform the client of what you think is the best course of action
12.5. Respond to client concerns
12.6. Recap the meeting and next steps at the end or through a later communication
13. Students will demonstrate the ability to negotiate on behalf of clients.
13.1. Identify client's needs and desired outcome
13.2. Determine interests of other parties
13.3. Consider strategies and possible compromises
13.4. Discussion of disagreement
13.5. Clarification of goals, interests, and viewpoints of all parties
13.6. Be responsive to changing situations
13.7. Analyze a variety of outcomes
13.8. Memorialize any agreement
14. Students will draft documents used in legal practice.
14.1. Evaluate client's needs
14.2. Identify needed document
14.3. Determine audience and tone
14.4. Determine needed content
14.5. Determine organizational structure
14.6. Write document
14.7. Assess whether document meets needs
14.8. Revise document
15. Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively.
15.1. Recognize the need and value of working collaboratively and cooperatively in a legal environment
15.2. Define roles and responsibilities of group members
15.3. Take turns in the leader role
15.4. Contribute to the work product
15.5. Communicate openly and respectfully with team members
15.6. Appreciate diversity of viewpoints and roles
16. Students will communicate in a professional manner appropriate to the audience and circumstance.
16.1. Follow instructions
16.2. Identify audience as layperson or legal professional
16.3. Determine if task/communication is objective, persuasive, or other
16.4. Determine tone appropriate to the audience and task
16.5. Use logical organization to communicate to audience
16.6. Produce professional work product
16.7. Speak in a professional manner
16.8. Show respect
16.9. Apply an array of listening skills
16.10. Modify non-verbal communication as necessary
C. Graduates shall demonstrate competency in the exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system.
17. Students will recognize the attorney’s professional responsibility to improve the law, the profession, and the justice system.
17.1. Identify opportunities for legal reform
17.2. Identify opportunities to contribute to access to justice reform
17.3. Discuss methods to achieve reform
18. Students will recognize the attorney’s professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay.
18.1. Understand the gap in legal services for those of limited means
18.2. Identify pro bono opportunities
18.3. Participate in pro bono service
19. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the attorney's oath, rules of professional conduct, and standards for civility.
19.1. Explain the source of the law governing the ethics of the legal profession
19.2. Explain the structure of the law governing the ethics of the legal profession
19.3. Explain the substance of the law governing the ethics of the legal profession
20. Students will develop a personal code of ethics to guide their decision-making.
20.1. Recognize which ethical rules or standards apply
20.2. Recognize when rules allow discretion
20.3. Recognize differing application of rules will have differing outcomes
20.4. Examine differing outcomes
20.5. Apply personal code of ethics to hypothetical and case based situations
20.6. Analyze outcomes based on various actions
21. Students will determine applicable ethical standards when presented with a dilemma.
21.1. Identify the rule or standard that applies
21.2. Articulate examples of when the rules and standards apply
21.3. Apply the rules and standards to hypothetical situations
21.4. Propose one or more resolutions that result in an ethical outcome
21.5. Critique the rule and standard as applied
22. Students will develop habits for managing stress and personal and professional wellness.
22.1. Observe mentors in practice
22.2. Discuss professional wellness
22.3. Discuss work-life balance
22.4. Discuss managing stress
22.5. Design stress management plans for known stressful situations