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Year Enrolled
Enrolling
Academic Exclusions
Voluntary Withdrawals
Retention Rate*
Grad Total
Grad Rate
Retained Grad Rate**
2007 90 27 23 44.44% 40 44.44% 100%
2008 80 25 16 47.50% 36 45.00% 92%
2009 101 30 19 51.49% 51 50.50% 98%
2010 94 36 11 50.00% 47 50.00% 100%
2011 80 21 10 61.25% 44 55.50% 90%
2012 69 25 3 59.42% 39 56.25% 95%
2013 76 22 10 57.89% 42 55.26% 95%
2014 67 21 7 58.21% 35 52.24% 90%
2015 68 25 5 55.88% 36 52.94% 95%
2016 57 15 9 57.89%      
2017 68 19 10 57.35%      
2018 74 24 9 55.41%      

 

*Retention rate reflects those retained at the end of the first year of law school.
**Retained Grad Rate reflects the percentage of students that go on to graduate after their first successful year of law school.

Graduate Bar Pass Rates*

Grad Year
# of Grads Taking
First Time Pass
First Time Pass Rate
Pass Overall
Overall Passing for Grad Class
2010 43 24 56% 40 93%
2011 31 20 65% 29 94%
2012 43 24 56% 36 84%
2013 52 29 56% 47 90%
2014 51 27 53% 42 82%
2015 34 10 29% 28 82%
2016 45 15 33% 34 76%
2017 35 19 54% 24 69%
2018 38 12 32% 26 68%
2019 34 6 18% 6 18%

 

*Performance statistics for each administration of the California Bar Examination is available on the website.

Student Learning Outcomes

SJCL Graduates Will

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures and processes of the U.S. legal system and foundational substantive law, including subjects tested on bar examinations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in legal analysis and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate competence in written and oral communication in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate mastery of appropriate strategies and technologies to research legal issues effectively and efficiently.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and resolve ethical issues and exhibit professionalism appropriate to the profession.
  • Demonstrate practical skills inherent in all aspects of legal practice.

Performance Criteria

Outcome 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures and processes of the U.S. legal system and foundational substantive law, including subjects tested on bar examinations.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to

  • Identify and comprehend the principles of the substantive subjects tested on bar examinations, including the evolution of that law and its policy underpinnings.
  • Identify and comprehend the structure and jurisdiction of federal and state courts in the United States and the function of precedent.
  • Explain the processes of federal and state civil procedure.

Outcome 2. Demonstrate proficiency in legal analysis and problem solving.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to

  • Read critically applicable authority (Constitutions, statutes, administrative regulations, cases), including identifying relevant legal rules and underlying policy.
  • Identify key issues in a factual situation.
  • Synthesize relevant rules of law into a logical framework for analysis, including determining which rule a court is likely to apply where rules conflict.
  • Apply identified rules to the relevant facts and evaluate potential counterarguments to predict the likely outcome of the case.
  • Analogize the facts to and distinguish the facts from those of precedent cases to predict the likely outcome of the case.

Outcome 3. Demonstrate competence in written and oral communication in a variety of settings.

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  • Speak in a clear, concise, well-organized, well-reasoned and professional manner.
  • Speak effectively in both objective and persuasive styles as appropriate to the circumstances.
  • Write clear, concise, well-organized, well-reasoned, and professionally expressed documents.
  • Write effectively in both objective and persuasive styles as appropriate to the circumstances.
  • Cite appropriate authority with candor, including any relevant contrary authority.
  • Listen actively to clients, judges, and others.

Outcome 4. Demonstrate mastery of appropriate strategies and technologies to research legal issues effectively and efficiently.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to

  • Design and implement a logical research plan, weighing time and resource constraints.
  • Employ appropriate resources and technologies to retrieve, use and manage research materials.
  • Assess accurately the weight of authority.

Outcome 5. Demonstrate the ability to recognize and resolve ethical issues and exhibit professionalism.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to

  • Identify and comprehend the applicable law governing legal ethics.
  • Apply knowledge of legal ethics to representation of clients, performance of duties as an officer of the courts, and resolution of ethical dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate professional judgment and professionalism through conduct consistent with the legal profession’s values and standards.
  • Collaborate effectively with others in a variety of legal contexts.

Outcome 6. Demonstrate practical skills commonly used in legal practice.

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  • Recognize and appreciate litigation alternatives, including arbitration, mediation, and negotiation.
  • Identify the practical considerations in pursuing legal remedies.
  • Interview a client, accurately identifying the client’s objective.
  • Synopsize a client’s issue(s), including an assessment of the facts, culminating in a client letter or position memorandum.
  • Design a plan to resolve the client’s issue(s), tailored to the client’s objectives and legal options available.