University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law
New York State Bar Skills and Values Requirement Pathway 1 Certification
Students who began study in Fall 2016 or later and who are seeking admission in New York must comply with New York Court of Appeals Rules for Admission 520.18, which concerns skills competency and professional values. One method of compliance is for the College of Law to certify the competence of its graduates. That is the purpose of this statement.
The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law has identified learning outcomes pursuant to ABA Standard 302. The College’s Strategic Plan includes in Goal 1, Strategy 1.1, intentional incorporation of those learning outcomes into our curriculum.
The College certifies that its graduates have demonstrated competence in the skills and values required under New York Rule 520.18 by achieving passing grades in the following courses:
- Legal Research and Writing (four credit hours), covering skills in research, expository and persuasive writing, and oral argument
- Professional Responsibility (three credit hours) covering the varying roles played by lawyers in society and the conflicting pressures created by each role, with special attention to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
- An upper-division writing course (two credit hours) from a list approved by the faculty, providing a traditional seminar or other intensive experience to research, prepare, and defend a substantial academic work, and
- Experiential coursework (six credit hours) from a list approved by the faculty, providing practical experience in a variety of subject areas in either simulation courses, clinic, or externship settings.
Adopted by the faculty, May 14, 2020.