JD Program Objectives
Our focus is on legal education in a broad sense, with emphasis on those aspects of legal education that can be delivered most effectively and appropriately within a law school setting. With that focus in mind, the overall objectives of our program are:
- Introduce students to the recognized substantive areas of law, so that they are exposed to and have knowledge of fundamental legal concepts and processes within our legal system, as well as an appropriate basis for skill development.
- Introduce students to a diverse range of legal skills so that they are aware of the broad range of the lawyer's function within society, and can embark upon the process of learning, analyzing, using and refining these skills.
- Introduce students to the legal system and the institutional setting in which law is developed, applied and changed.
- Demonstrate that there are a number of different ways of resolving legal disputes and to provide students with the knowledge necessary to choose the most appropriate process.
- Familiarize students with the ethical and professional responsibility dimensions of law and its practice.
- Provide students with some appreciation of the social, economic, historical, political and philosophical environment in which our legal system has developed and currently operates, so they can recognize the many factors, influences and values with affect the shape and substance of the law and upon which the law in turn impacts.
- Make students aware of the fact that law is based on different value systems that are often in competition with one another and that balancing them can be difficult.
- Give students the opportunity to integrate doctrine, skills and policy in order to understand the actual workings of the law.
- Expose students to the idea that law is only one part of a system of knowledge and to offer them opportunities for developing skills working with people and material from other disciplines.
- Demonstrate to students the human element in the practice of law.
- Help instill a sense of obligation to be full contributing members of their communities.
- Provide the understanding and the tools necessary to make students life-long learners who are able to adapt their skills and knowledge to situations of rapid change.