Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Curriculum Learning Objectives

Curriculum Learning Objectives

Each course in Loyola’s child and family law curriculum has its own unique learning objectives.  In addition, the Civitas ChildLaw Center has developed an overarching set curricular goals, each expressed in terms of desired outcomes.Substantive Knowledge Learning Objectives

Students who pursue a course of study in child and family law will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Be familiar with the history of legal efforts to improve child and family welfare.

  • Comprehend and appreciate the historical, socio-economic and cultural context in which child and family laws, policies and practices are developed and implemented.

  • Develop a basic understanding of child and adolescent development and its impact on law, policy and practice.

  • Master the substantive content of each course taken. 

  • Understand the role of family in children’s lives.

  • Understand the basic structure and operation of child-caring system, including child welfare, juvenile justice, domestic relations, and education.

  • Describe the nature and magnitude of legal issues faced by children and families.

  • Identify and articulate areas in which laws and policies should be improved to promote positive outcomes for children, families and communities.

Lawyering Skills Learning Objectives

Students who pursue a course of study in child and family law will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Research and analyze statutes, rules and cases in child and family law. 

  • Write analytically sound, clearly expressed communications in a variety of documents for both legal and nonlegal audiences, including memoranda, briefs, motions, client and attorney correspondent, legislation, policies, and other instruments.

  • Develop effective oral communication skills.

  • Interview, counsel, and otherwise interact with clients, including child clients.

  • Engage in effective problem-solving on behalf of clients and/or child and family- related issues.

  • Work collaboratively with peers and others on cases, projects and/or exercises.

  • Demonstrate effective courtroom advocacy skills.

Professionalism Learning Objectives

Students who pursue a course of study in child and family law will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Understand the unique ethical responsibilities of attorneys who represent child clients.

  • Develop the capacity to fashion and apply good judgment.

  • Be able to organize and manage professional responsibilities.

  • Understand an attorney’s role in advancing the public interest.

  • Develop the capacity for self-reflection and professional growth.

  • Demonstrate civility and integrity in all personal and professional interactions.