Learning Outcomes

General Learning Outcomes

Chase law students will:

1.   have knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;

2.    be able to engage in legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context;

3.    understand and apply proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and

4.    be able to engage in other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.


Specific Learning Outcomes

Advise clients as to alternatives relative to associated cost (e.g., legal bill)

Advise clients as to options and strategies

Apply law to facts, analyzing merits and predict outcomes

Articulate and implement a research plan

Collaborate and work in teams

Comment on a contract based on client facts

Comment on a lease based on client facts

Comment on a will or trust based on client facts

Comment on other business documents based on client facts

Conduct adequate discovery (and identify what is adequate)

Conduct an examination of a witness

Conduct interviews (client or witness, adversarial or transactional)

Conduct voir dire

Critically evaluate reliability of “facts” determined in evaluation

Demonstrate professionalism and civility

Develop a discovery plan

Develop and implement a marketing plan for legal services

Develop appropriate finance and business skills including use of pertinent software

Develop commitment to legal, community and pro bono service

Develop conflict resolution and interpersonal skills

Develop cultural competency and sensitivity

Develop life and work habits to promote personal health

Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant facts

Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant law or legal precedent

Draft a contract

Draft a lease

Draft a will or trust

Draft answers to interrogatories

Draft effective pleadings

Draft interrogatories or request for production

Draft other business documents

Draft professional business correspondence for a client

Draft professional business correspondence for a court

Draft professional business correspondence for other counsel

Engage in self-reflection and self-evaluation

Establish familiarity with current courtroom technology

Establish familiarity with current law office technology

Establish familiarity with legal duties imposed on lawyers

Establish familiarity with malpractice insurance, IOLTA accounts

Formulate and elaborate relevant legal theories and options

Identify and evaluate strong and weak fact-based arguments

Identify and evaluate strong and weak legal arguments

Identify and gather evidence needed to represent client or prove case

Identify controlling and advisory authority relating to issues

Identify legal/business issues, and appropriate areas on which to provide advice

Identify unresolved legal and factual issues

Interpret statutes and regulations

Know how to value a potential case

Know the limits of your abilities and competencies

Know where to find advice on ethical issues

Know, recall, and state law and/or procedure in a doctrinal area

Learn about financial responsibility

Learn the signs of depression

Learn the signs of substance abuse

Maintain a scheduling system for time and resources

Make a formal presentation using visual aids or presentation software

Make an extemporaneous oral presentation

Make an objective, oral presentation

Mark and handle exhibits

Memorialize research results in writing

Organize and manage legal work and diverse tasks

Prepare for a mediation

Prepare for and conduct an arbitration

Prepare for and conduct negotiation – in a transactional situation

Prepare for and conduct negotiation – in an adversary situation

Prepare for and take a deposition

Prepare for client and other interviews

Present a closing argument

Present a persuasive oral argument

Present an opening statement

Read a contract

Read a lease

Read a will or trust

Read other business documents

Recognize and assemble fact patterns

Recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas

Record and bill timely, effectively, and ethically

Reflect on the practice of law and legal systems

Understand basics of revenues, expenses, fixed and variable costs

Understand client needs and risk profile

Understand the basics of risk management

Use courtroom etiquette and professionalism

Use electronic and print research tools to find administrative rulings

Use electronic and print research tools to find case law

Use electronic and print research tools to find legislative history

Use electronic and print research tools to find statutes

Use other resources to gather information (e.g., government/other websites)

Write a document using case law

Write a document using statutes

Write a persuasive brief

Write a persuasive letter

Write a scholarly article of 6,000 words or more with appropriate footnoting

Write an objective office memorandum or similar letter