Friday, July 29, 2016

Learning Outcomes: University of Dayton School of Law

For a final look at learning outcomes, here is the list from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Learning Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the law and the American legal system.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Identifying, describing, and interpreting the fundamental terms, rules, and principles of law, including significant alternative formulations, such as minority rules.
Criterion 2: Describing the American legal system’s structures, processes, and procedures.

Learning Outcome 2: Graduates will exhibit issue-spotting skills.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Identifying each potentially applicable legal theory as it relates to the facts.
Criterion 2: Identifying each legal rule relevant to each potentially applicable legal theory.
Criterion 3: Identifying the legally significant facts relating to each applicable legal rule.

Learning Outcome 3: Graduates will demonstrate competency in analytical and problem-solving skills.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Critically reading the applicable authority, including identifying the key rules within each authority.
Criterion 2: Synthesizing the relevant rules of law into a logical framework for analysis.
Criterion 3: Where rules conflict, thoroughly analyzing which rule a court is likely is likely to apply.
Criterion 4: Meticulously applying the identified rules to the facts, including evaluating potential counterarguments, to determine the likely outcome of the case.
Criterion 5: When appropriate, analogizing the facts to and distinguishing the facts from those of
precedent cases in specific and helpful ways to determine the likely outcome of the case.
Criterion 6: Articulating practical considerations, such as cost and effects on other people.

Learning Outcome 4: Graduates will communicate effectively and efficiently to individuals and groups.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Writing documents that are clear, concise, well-reasoned, organized, professional in tone, appropriate to the audience and the circumstances, and if appropriate, contain proper citation to authority.
Criterion 2: Speaking in a clear, concise, well-reasoned, organized, and professional manner that is appropriate to the audience and the circumstances.
Criterion 3: Actively listening to clients, colleagues, judges, and others.

Learning Outcome 5: Graduates will research effectively and efficiently.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Devising and implementing a logical research plan, which reflects an understanding of the limitations created by time and financial constraints.
Criterion 2: Accurately assessing the weight of authority.
Criterion 3: Identifying and effective
ly employing the fundamental tools of legal research.

Learning Outcome 6: Graduates will demonstrate competency in legal practice skills.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Capably managing a legal project (e.g., case, memorandum, mediation) from its inception to its conclusion.
Criterion 2: Effectively planning and controlling their use of time.
Criterion 3: Identifying and effectively engaging in appropriate dispute resolution processes.

Learning Outcome 7: Graduates will recognize and resolve ethical and other professional
dilemmas.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Listing the sources of the law governing lawyers.
Criterion 2: Identifying and explaining the applicable law governing lawyers.
Criterion 3: Using the law governing lawyers to recognize ethical and other professional dilemmas.
Criterion 4: Applying the law governing lawyers to help resolve ethical and other professional dilemmas.
Criterion 5: Exercising professional judgment to help resolve ethical and other professional dilemmas.

Learning Outcome 8: Graduates will continue to develop professional skills and attributes.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Exhibiting self-directed learning skills that will allow them to understand areas of the law with which they were previously unfamiliar.
Criterion 2: Participating in extracurricular opportunities to increase knowledge, hone
skills, and inform values.

Learning Outcome 9: Graduates will exemplify the Marianist charism of service, community, and inclusivity.

Graduates will demonstrate achievement of this learning outcome by . . .
Criterion 1: Exhibiting civility and treating others with respect.
Criterion 2: Displaying diversity skills, including sensitivity to social and cultural difference.
Criterion 3: Contributing to the profession's fulfillment of its responsibility to ensure that adequate legal services are provided to those who cannot afford to pay for them.

I especially like that this list includes developing self-directed learning skills.  I also like the problem-solving presentation in no. 3.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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