Texas Tech University

Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas Tech University School of Law is to prepare individuals for the effective and ethical practice of law in a rapidly changing, diverse, and interconnected world; to engage in meaningful scholarship; and to foster a culture of public service.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Texas Tech University School of Law has established the following student learning outcomes to identify the knowledge, skills, and values that the law school desires its graduates to possess.

Learning Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate competent knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law.

To demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome, graduates will:

  • Criterion 1: Identify and describe key legal concepts and rules in the required curriculum.
  • Criterion 2: Identify and describe key legal concepts and rules in the elective curriculum.
  • Criterion 3: Identify and describe the structure of the U.S. and Texas legal systems.

Learning Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate competent skills in legal analysis, reasoning, and problem-solving.

To demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome, graduates will:

  • Criterion 1: Accurately identify the material facts, procedural history, issues on appeal, rules of law, reasoning, holding, and policy in appellate court opinions.
  • Criterion 2: Identify and describe legal issues implicated by a factual scenario.
  • Criterion 3: Identify and describe relevant legal authority applicable to identified legal issues.
  • Criterion 4: Identify and describe key rules and reasoning contained within applicable authority.
  • Criterion 5: Effectively synthesize and reconcile multiple legal authorities when applicable.
  • Criterion 6: Effectively analogize and distinguish precedent.
  • Criterion 7: Propose reasonable resolutions to legal problems.

Learning Outcome 3: Graduates will demonstrate competent skills in legal research.

To demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome, graduates will:

  • Criterion 1: Identify and describe the roles and differing characteristics of sources of law, including the weight of authority.
  • Criterion 2: Create and implement a logical research plan that employs the appropriate tools of legal research.
  • Criterion 3: Use proper citation when required.

Learning Outcome 4: Graduates will demonstrate competent skills in written and oral communication.

To demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome, graduates will:

  • Criterion 1: Communicate effectively by employing predictive, persuasive, and operational writing techniques.
  • Criterion 2: Engage in effective and professional oral communication, including the delivery of an oral argument.

Learning Outcome 5: Graduates will demonstrate competent knowledge of professional and ethical responsibilities.

To demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome, graduates will:

  • Criterion 1: Identify and describe the applicable rules and standards governing lawyers' professionalism and ethical responsibilities.
  • Criterion 2: Apply knowledge of professional ethics to the resolution of identified dilemmas.
  • Criterion 3: Apply knowledge of professional ethics in the context of oral and written advocacy.
  • Criterion 4: Demonstrate professionalism through conduct consistent with the legal profession's values and standards.

Learning Outcome 6: Graduates will develop other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.

To demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome, graduates will:

  • Criterion 1: Demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of settings.
  • Criterion 2: Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Criterion 3: Maintain civility and respect for cultural diversity.
  • Criterion 4: Exhibit a commitment to pro bono and public service activities.