Judicial Studies Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Judicial Studies Program provides formal graduate level training for trial judges, juvenile and family court judges, and administrative judges. The graduate training is intended to integrate technical studies of the judiciary with academic studies in an effort to provide an intellectual assessment of the role of the American judiciary in today's society. The graduate course work examines elements of the judiciary through a multi-disciplinary approach that includes perspectives from the humanities, social, behavioral and natural sciences, as well as communication. The course work is intended to prepare sitting judges for the challenges facing the court system both today and in the future. The dissertation requirement prepares judges to conduct and publish research applicable to the judiciary system.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the diagnosis and analysis of problems through techniques developed by the social, behavioral and natural sciences.

Performance Indicators

  • Learn basics of theory and research.
  • Apply research results to the courtroom.

Assessment Method

  • Faculty assessment of course work performance and grades submitted for respective courses.
  • Self-reporting solicited by department.

2. Students will be able to conduct research and demonstrate problem solving skills.

Performance Indicators

  • Apply research to legal setting.
  • Working knowledge of research design, methodology, communications and the skills necessary to independently conduct a research project.
  • Develop skills to present research in a concise and professional written form.

Assessment Method

  • Self-reporting solicited by department.
  • Successful completion and defense of the dissertation.
  • Successful presentation of the dissertation.