New York Bar

New York Court of Appeals Rule 520.18 establishes a “skills competency and professional values requirement” for admission to practice in New York State. Moritz’s Registrar will certify compliance with “Pathway One” of that requirement for students who complete the pathway components adopted by the Moritz faculty in June 2018.  These components embody the Moritz College of Law’s seven learning goals:

  1. Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  2. Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  3. Critical Thinking and Problem-solving
  4. Communication
  5. Skills for Continued Development (Meta-cognition)
  6. Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism
  7. Professional Judgment

Moritz faculty have developed nineteen learning outcomes to accompany these learning goals.  Based on this work, the faculty determined that graduates are prepared for “basic competence and ethical participation in the legal profession” (22 NYCRR 520.18[a][1][i][a]) if they:

  • (a) Satisfy the degree requirements for the J.D. or LL.M., and
  • (b) Achieve a passing grade in the coursework specified below. Note that a student may not use the same course to satisfy more than one of the coursework categories.

 

Pathway Category Learning Goals J.D. Students LL.M. Students
  • 1. Principles and Values of Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Professional Judgment
  • Civil Procedure I (4 credits / 180 hours)
  • At least 4 credits (180 hours) of work in these courses:
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Evidence
  • ADR in the Workplace
  • Comparative Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution in Employment
  • Dispute Resolution Processes: Theories and Practice
  • Dispute System Design Workshop
  • International Business Arbitration
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Issues in Arbitration
  • Legal Negotiations and Settlements
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Negotiation & Mediation
  • Resolving Community Civil Rights Disputes
  • Public Interest and Government Externship (for approved placements)
  • Judicial Externship
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • 2. Principles and Values of Transactional Practice
  • Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Professional Judgment
  • Contracts I (4 credits / 180 hours)
  • At least 4 credits (180 hours) from courses on this list:
  • Contracts I
  • Contracts II
  • Business Associations
  • International Business Transactions
  • Banking Law
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Insurance Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Tax Policy
  • Business and Tax Legal Research
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates
  • 3. Introduction to Research, Analysis, Communication, and Client Skills
  • Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Meta-Cognition
  • Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism
  • Professional Judgment
  • Legal Analysis & Writing I (2 credits / 90 hours)
  • LL.M. Legal Writing (2 credits / 90 hours)
  • 4. Intermediate Research, Analysis, Communication, and Client Skills
  • Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Meta-Cognition
  • Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism
  • Professional Judgment
  • Legal Analysis & Writing II (2 credits / 90 hours)[1]

 

  • Analysis of Client Files (2 credits / 90 hours)

OR

  • 2 credits / 90 hours of course work from the courses on the “Focused Practice Skills” list (see below)
  • 5. Focused Practice Skills, Communication, Client Engagement, and Professional Conduct
  • Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Meta-Cognition
  • Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism
  • Professional Judgment
  • Students satisfy this requirement by completing at least 3 credits (135 hours) of work from courses on the “Focused Practice Skills” list. The courses on this list include:
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Transactional Practice
  • Appellate Advocacy II (Herman Competition)
  • Appellate Advocacy III (intermural competitions)
  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • All Legal Research Courses
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Legal Negotiation
  • Dispute Resolution in Employment
  • Dispute System Design Workshop
  • Public Interest and Government Externship
  • Judicial Externship
  • D.C. Program Externship
  • Business Basics for Lawyers
  • Business Litigation
  • Accounting & Finance for Lawyers
  • Small Business Finance
  • Drafting Business Contracts
  • Special Education Advocacy
  • Human Rights
  • National Security Law
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Trial Practice
  • ERISA and ESOP Litigation
  • Pretrial Litigation
  • E-Discovery Law
  • DPIR: Governance in Action
  • DIPR: Drafting & Negotiating International Petroleum Agreements
  • DPIR: Resolving Community Civil Rights Disputes
  • Environmental Law Practicum
  • Lawyers as Leaders
  • Real Estate Development
  • Seminar: Health Care Agreements & Transactions
  • Any Clinic
  • Any Capstone or Professional Practice Skills Course
  • Students satisfy this requirement by completing at least 3 credits (135 hours) of work from courses on the “Focused Practice Skills” list. The courses on this list include the courses listed for J.D. students plus:
  • Transactional Practice for LLM Students[2]

 

  • 6. Professional Conduct and Legal Ethics
  • Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism
  • Professional Judgment
  • Any course that satisfies the College’s Professional Responsibility requirement (2-3 credits / 90-135 hours).
  • Any course that satisfies the College’s Professional Responsibility requirement (2-3 credits / 90-135 hours).
  • 7. Perspectives and Advancement of the Law[3]
  • Legal Doctrine and Substantive Knowledge
  • Ability to Use Law-Related Materials and Processes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Meta-Cognition
  • Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism
  • Professional Judgment
  • Any seminar (2 credits / 90 hours)
  • US Legal System and Legal Traditions (3 credits / 135 hours)
Total Credits   19-20 credits / 855-900 hours 20-21 credits / 900-945 hours

[1] Note that the Class of 2019 took LAW II for just 2 credits. After that class graduates we can amend the pathway to designate 3 credits here.

[2] Students who take this course may not also take “Transactional Practice” for credit.

[3] Many of our courses could satisfy this requirement. For simplicity (and to aid the Registrar in certifying students), we designate only seminars and the US Legal System course because all J.D. students take one of the former, while all LL.M. students take the latter.