The AJMLS Mission

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School provides the opportunity for legal education to both traditional and non-traditional students who show promise of making positive contributions to the profession, legal system, or society.  We are dedicated to preparing highly skilled, ethical, and professional lawyers who possess a strong social conscience.

Within a diverse environment, the law school seeks to achieve its mission by pursuing the following goals:

  1. Offer an intellectually rigorous academic program, including opportunities for professional skills education;
  2. Provide access to a high-quality program of legal education for all qualified applicants by maintaining a flexible program of full-time and part-time law study;
  3. Instill in students the highest sense of the professionalism and ethical and moral responsibilities required of members of the legal profession;
  4. Prepare students to anticipate and adapt to future developments in the law;
  5. Promote the continuous development of a law faculty dedicated to achieving the highest standards of classroom teaching, scholarship that informs their teaching, and service to the legal community;
  6. Offer academic support programs to students from diverse educational backgrounds;
  7. Encourage students to engage in pro bono activities and to provide legal services to historically underserved communities upon their admission to the Bar.
  8. Engage in ongoing self-assessment to ensure that the institution is meeting its stated goals.

AJMLS Core Competencies

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has developed the following core competencies that guide its curriculum and programs.

I. Practice Ready (encompassing communication, skills, quantitative skills and collaboration)

II. Legal Analysis (encompassing knowledge and research)

III. Professionalism

IV. Problem-solving (encompassing strategic thinking and decision making)

V. Social Responsibility

AJMLS Learning Outcomes

First Year students will:

  1. Analyze legal issues and apply the law.
  2. Explain, debate, justify, and defend legal arguments with respect and civility using predictive writing skills.
  3. Perform legal research efficiently and effectively.
  4. Evaluate and prioritize competing time bound projects to successfully comprehend and navigate the legal environment.

Upper Level students will:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and professional judgment to analyze and solve legal problems involving concepts across the curriculum.
  2. Use persuasive written and oral advocacy skills in a simulated setting.
  3. Critique the legal and social environment balancing civility and zeal.
  4. Apply professional ethics as it relates to client representation, performance as an officer of the court and resolution of ethical dilemmas.