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STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Cal Northern School of Law (CNSL) has adopted a set of specific student learning outcomes which are mission-based, providing both academic and practical instruction, to best prepare students for careers in the legal profession.

Graduates of CNSL will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in substantive law and their underlying policies and jurisprudence.
  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to perform competent legal analysis, reasoning and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing regarding legal matters.
  • Perform efficient legal research, using hard copy and electronic resources, by effectively identifying, locating, updating and citing primary and secondary sources.
  • Identify and explain appropriate responses to matters of professional ethics, practice skills and problem resolution skills in the context of representing a client.

To assess achievement of course and program objectives, CNSL has developed various strategies to measure student success. Through direct review of students’ work, CNSL is able to measure individual proficiency and mastery of the course objectives and to gather information on the effectiveness of its program. Through indirect evidence, CNSL is able to measure the student’s self-perceptions of their learning and experience of the program and curriculum.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Year EnrolledNumber EnrolledVoluntary WithdrawalAcademic ExclusionRetention Rate*Number of GraduatesGraduation RateGraduation Rate of Students Retained at end of First Year
20063271144%1134%79%
20072341135%835%100%
2008191568%842%62%
20092812250%829%57%
2010210671%1048%67%
2011341255051029%59%
2012215457%
2013171376%
201483150%
201516

*Retention rate refers to the number of students retained at the end of the first year who advance to the second year of study.

Graduate Bar Pass Rates*

Graduating ClassNumber of Graduates TakingFirst Time Taker % Pass RateOverall Passing %
2008667%67%
20091354%85%
20101145%82%
2011850%75%
2012617%86%
2013863%75%
20141090%90%

*Information about California Bar Examination pass rates can be found on the State Bar’s website.