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Learning Outcomes

In 2016, the Minnesota Law faculty approved a comprehensive outline for the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential to citizenship in the community of Minnesota Law alumni. These Learning Outcomes are meant to be a guide or a road map for students on their journey towards becoming lawyer-leaders and earning their “legal citizenship.”

Learning Outcomes

Legal Thinking & Analysis

  • Locate, interpret, and synthesize relevant legal authorities
  • Gather and assess relevant facts
  • Identify, and provide critical analysis of, competing positions and options
  • Understand the interaction between law and public policy
  • Recognize when consultation, collaboration, or referral is advisable or required


  • Present analysis and engage in legal dialogue, negotiation, and argument
  • Communicate with the appropriate tone and sophistication for the relevant audience
  • Communicate directly, with organization, focus, purpose, and clarity
  • Tailor communication and advocacy to applicable format restrictions and comply with procedural requirements

Client Service

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the law and the legal system of the United States
  • Listen to and engage with clients to identify client objectives and interests
  • Advocate for clients
  • Counsel clients by assessing, developing, evaluating creative options to meet client goals
  • Manage complex workflow diligently, reliably, and within deadlines


  • Work in a team
  • Respect diverse views and perspectives and work effectively across difference
  • Understand issues relating to equity and inclusion

Ethics & Professionalism

  • Know and comply with rules of professional conduct
  • Be honest and candid with clients, lawyers, institutions, and others
  • Respond effectively to criticism and other feedback
  • Identify and minimize biases
  • Understand the importance of pro bono and other forms of law-related public service
  • Seek and use resources where necessary to address personal challenges

Minnesota Law Student Oath

At orientation each year, all 1L students are asked to take the Minnesota Law Student Oath.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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