Bar Information

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Chicago Law Certification of Competence in Skills and Professional Values for Applicants for Admission to the New York Bar

Pathway One Plan for J.D. Students

In December 2015, the Court of Appeals adopted Section 520.18 to the Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR 520.18). This new provision requires applicants seeking admission in New York to establish that they have acquired skills and professional values necessary to competently practice law. Applicants may satisfy this requirement by completing one of five separate pathways described in section 520.18. This requirement is applicable to all students who begin their J.D. studies in autumn of 2016 or beyond.

We anticipate that all of our J.D. students who apply for admission to the New York Bar will be certified for admission through Pathway 1, which requires each school to identify and incorporate into its curriculum the “skills and professional values” necessary for its graduates’ “basic competence and ethical participation in the legal profession,” as required by American Bar Association Standard 302(a), (b), (c), and (d).

The University of Chicago Law School’s program of instruction is designed to train superb lawyers who will be leaders in all parts of the profession. To that end, we expect that our students will be able to demonstrate the following skills and professional values by the time of graduation:

  1. Be familiar with the general approaches to the study of law and legal reasoning;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in substantive law, legal theory, and procedure;
  3. Have the ability to write a competent legal analysis and effective transactional documents;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct legal research;
  5. Demonstrate communication skills, including oral advocacy and negotiation skills;
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with the rules of professional ethics;
  7. Demonstrate professionalism consistent with the legal profession's values and standards;
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of law and the contributions that other disciplines can make to the study of law.

These skills and professional values are taught and assessed throughout our curriculum. To see which skills and professional values are attributed to specific classes, please visit our online course schedule found at

Accordingly, the Law School will certify graduates who have successfully completed the following as satisfying the skills competency requirement under Pathway One. Please note that successful completion is defined as earning a passing final grade in each class.

  1. A foundational legal research and writing course
  2. A scholarly research and writing project under faculty supervision
  3. At least 20 credits in classes designated as meeting the Law School’s core requirement
  4. One course designated as meeting the professional responsibility requirement
  5. 8 credits of coursework designated as meeting the experiential learning requirement