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Student Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of ONU’s LLM Program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law is to educate students and help them become competent, ethical, professional legal practitioners able to apply their skills and talents to reforming legal systems worldwide so that citizens can fairly access justice.  Our educational program prepares students to help reform legal systems, particularly in developing and post-conflict countries, to provide fair and efficient justice services, and to adhere better to the rule of law. 

Our objectives are to provide students with a foundation in legal reasoning, analysis, and writing and to give them a thorough understanding of the theories, history, policies, and laws relating to rule of law reform.  We aim to help them acquire a broad and general understanding of how the law and legal institutions evolve and operate, what the limits of the law are, and how to contribute to an ethical and thoughtful legal culture.

The educational program is designed to address current and anticipated legal and policy issues relating to rule of law reform, provide students with an understanding of comparative law, international law, law and development, and provide them with the practical skills they need to succeed in the field. 

Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcome 1.

Students demonstrate knowledge in comparative law and concepts related to democratic governance and core principles of the rule of law.

Student Learning Outcome 2.

Students are prepared for careers promoting the rule of law by learning and understanding the tools and skills needed to evaluate and effectuate change in the provision of justice services.

Student Learning Outcome 3.

Students demonstrate a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of cultural, legal, traditional, and monetary constraints in achieving effective rule of law, and understand the standards that countries should meet based on normative, ethical, or international standards.

Student Learning Outcome 4.

Students understand and are able to apply critical thinking skills to lawyering in development contexts as a result of the rigorous academic process and standards set in a U.S. law classroom.

Student Learning Outcome 5.

Students are exposed to legal ideas and practices from other countries through classroom study with colleagues who are lawyers and rule of law practitioners from other countries, cultures, and backgrounds.

Student Learning Outcome 6.

Students demonstrate an understanding of the real-world application of principles and theories of democratic governance and rule of law during field placements in professional externships. (Post-JD and JD/LLM student only)