Learning Outcomes and Performance Criteria

Learning Outcome 1

Each student will demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in American substantive and procedural law.

Related Performance Criteria

Each student will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by:

  1. Articulating foundational concepts of substantive law.
  2. Articulating foundational concepts in procedural law and recognizing their potential impact on substantive law claims.

Learning Outcome 2

Each student will demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and critical thinking to perform competent legal analysis, reasoning and problem-solving.

Related Performance Criteria

Each student will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by:

  1. Identifying relevant rules and policies by interpreting cases, the U.S. Constitution, statutes or administrative regulations (hereinafter referred to as “rules”).
  2. Synthesizing the rules into a logical and coherent framework for analysis.
  3. Analyzing which rule a court is likely to apply where rules conflict with, or appear to conflict with, one another.
  4. Applying the rules to the facts of a case under consideration to determine the likely outcome of that case.

Learning Outcome 3

Each student will demonstrate the ability to conduct effective legal research.

Related Performance Criteria

Each student will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by:

  1. Analyzing the legal issues to be researched and developing a research plan.
  2. Using a commercial electronic research database to compile information regarding a given issue by creating search queries using terms and connectors.
  3. Identifying print and online sources of legal information other than those accessed through electronic research databases.
  4. Distinguishing between different types of primary law sources, and the weight, reliability and binding or persuasive authority of each source.
  5. Evaluating the reliability of information, including but not limited to authority, credibility, currency and authenticity.
  6. Addressing contradictory authorities.

Learning Outcome 4

Each student will demonstrate effective skill in legal writing and oral communication.

Related Performance Criteria

Each student will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by:

  1. Drafting a legal document that is well-reasoned, clear and organized.
  2. Drafting a persuasive legal document that is appropriate to the audience and the legal requirements governing that type of document.
  3. Demonstrating skill in oral communication.
  4. Displaying listening skills and the ability to articulate proper responses.
  5. Using proper citation forms.

Learning Outcome 5

Each student will demonstrate competency in the skills and methods that are essential for ethical and effective lawyering.

Related Performance Criteria

Each student will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by:

  1. Employing client interviewing and counseling skills.
  2. Demonstrating the ability to solve problems on behalf of clients.
  3. Completing a substantial, professional-quality project.
  4. Demonstrating the capacity for meaningful self-directed learning.
  5. Demonstrating effective time management.
  6. Developing minimal competency in financial analysis necessary for entry level attorneys.
  7. Recognizing common ethical dilemmas faced by lawyers and resolving them through the application of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Learning Outcome 6

Each student will demonstrate an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of people they encounter, both within and outside of the profession.

Related Performance Criteria

Each student will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by:

  1. Exhibiting an awareness of cultural differences.
  2. Exhibiting an awareness of social differences.