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J.D. Learning Outcomes

Firm Foundation. Tangible Learning Outcomes.

During your time at California Western, you will focus on developing skills that will push you to the next level as a lawyer and make you practice-ready. The following learning outcomes have been identified by the faculty to reflect the knowledge and skills you will achieve by graduation.

Foundational Knowledge and Skills

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of substantive legal rules and doctrine.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Use legal rules and doctrine to analyze legal issues.
  • Conduct effective legal research.

Lawyering Skills

You will be able to:

  • Gather facts to further client goals.
  • Counsel clients objectively, respectfully, and effectively about the best ways to solve or prevent problems.
  • Draft professional documents.
  • Advocate and negotiate effectively for clients in a legal setting.


You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, empathy, civility, and cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Exercise sound professional judgment.
  • Engage in pro bono work and public service.