Chapter 3 - Admissions

  • ABILITIES AND SKILLS FOR THE STUDY OF LAW-- PREAMBLE

    A candidate for the Juris Doctor degree must have abilities and skills in the categories described below. Capital University Law School is committed to enabling its qualified students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete the course of study leading to the law degree.

    1. Intellectual Conceptual And Integrative Skills: The candidate must be able to recall and analyze complex factual information, integrate this information with complex legal theories, and apply to those facts the substantive legal principles that will control the result in a particular case. This form of analytical ability involves the ability to recognize and identify the legal issues that are implicated by specific facts, the ability to sort material facts from immaterial facts, the ability to recognize and evaluate competing legal theories that might apply to the facts to reach a proper result. It also involves the ability to recognize when different legal analysis might lead to a different but nonetheless logically supportable result. The candidate must be able to perform legal research.

    2. Effective Communication Skills: The candidate must be able to organize ideas, and express them with a high degree of organization, clarity, precision, and persuasive force. A candidate must be able to demonstrate facility with the English language and commitment to writing well, including appropriate vocabulary, grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation. A candidate must be able to communicate candidly and civilly with others. A candidate must be honest in advocating a particular result, and should not misrepresent either facts or the content of any legal principle upon which the candidate relies.

    3. Behavioral And Social Attributes: A candidate must possess the emotional health required for the full utilization of his or her abilities and posses the interpersonal skills to work with others. The candidate must possess the ability to:

    a. comply with requirements of applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, statutes, and applicable orders of a court or tribunal;

    b. comply with the ethical norms of the profession as expressed in the Code of Professional Responsibility and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including the avoidance of acts that are illegal, dishonest, fraudulent, or deceitful;

    c. avoid acts that exhibit disregard for the rights or welfare of others;

    d. use honest and good judgment in financial dealings on behalf of oneself and others; and

    e. act diligently and reliably in fulfilling one's obligations to others.

    4. Attendance And Participation: A candidate must be able to have regular and punctual class attendance and to fully participate in class discussions.

    5. Time Management: A candidate must possess the ability to comply with deadlines and time constraints, and to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.

    These standards are based in part on the ABA Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession, Legal Education and Professional Development An Education Continuum (1992) (often referred to as the "MacCrate Report" in honor of the chair of the task force) and the considered judgment of the faculty of Capital University Law School. Item #4 is based on Standard 304(c) of American Bar Association, Standards for Approval of Law Schools.

    Capital University Law School does not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities. Inquiries regarding these standards may be discussed with the Associate Dean.

    EXPLANATION

    The Law School first addresses these abilities and skills at the time an applicant seeks admission to law school. The Committee on Admission and Readmission, in its review of an applicant's file for admission to law school, makes a preliminary assessment of the applicant's potential to acquire the requisite skills and abilities. This assessment considers the record of performance in undergraduate education, other graduate education, or both; performance on the LSAT examination (including multiple examination scores); letters of reference; and any other information provided by the applicant in his or her file. Although each factor is important and is considered in the admission process, the LSAT score is the only common denominator among applicants to law school. The Law School does not admit all students who possess the abilities and skills for the study of law.

    After applicants matriculate in the Law School, the Law School works with the students to assist them in developing and enhancing their abilities and skills. To this end, the Law School has developed an educational program designed for this purpose. Some of the program requirements are mandated by the accreditation standards of the American Bar Association or membership standards of organizations that the Law School belongs (e.g. the Association of American Law Schools). Other program components are the result of faculty deliberations as to what it collectively believes is necessary and fundamental to a legal education that primarily prepares students to practice law. In this regard the law school has developed curriculum requirements such as minimum graduation requirements, demonstrated minimum competency in both individual and comprehensive course work, required and elective courses, timing and sequencing of courses, minimum and maximum course loads, pre requisites and co requisites, cohesive, connected, and integrated educational experience, and more. These requirements are set forth in the Manual of Policies and Procedures. Other programmatic requirements such as the expectation and requirements of class preparation, regular and punctual attendance at class, adherence to deadlines, civility, respect for others, and professionalism are also important to the development of the skills listed above.

    The Law School provides two distinct programs. The full time program requires, after the first year, a minimum of twelve credit hours of course work per academic term. The part time program (day and evening) requires a minimum of eight hours of course work per semester. The part time program originally was created for the purpose of providing an opportunity for a legal education to individuals who needed to work to support families. In addition, others might also benefit from a part time program of legal education for other reasons such as family obligations and the need for a slower pace of legal studies. Even with its reduced course load, the part time program achieves the educational objectives identified above so long as students enroll for the minimum of eight credit hours. These students therefore may pursue a part time program of no fewer than eight credit hours in such a configuration that adheres to the educational integrity of, and meets the program objectives and goals as set forth in the curriculum.

    We recognize that students achieve varying degrees of competencies, at various rates, in these areas. Moreover, not every student admitted to law school is able to successfully complete law school.