Core Competencies & Outcomes

Savannah Law School has developed the following core competencies that guide its curriculum and programs.

  • Practice Ready (encompassing communication, skills, quantitative skills and collaboration)
  • Legal Analysis (encompassing knowledge and research)
  • Professionalism
  • Problem-solving (encompassing strategic thinking and decision making)
  • Social Responsibility

These guiding competencies are connected to SLS’s first, second and third year learning outcomes. First year learning outcomes are listed below.

First year students will be able to

  • Identify and analyze legal issues.
  • Categorize, evaluate, and distinguish sources of legal authority.
  • Apply legal rules to specific factual situations and predict possible outcomes.
  • Use predictive and persuasive written and oral advocacy skills in a simulated setting.
  • Debate, justify, and defend legal issues and positions with respect and civility.
  • Prioritize tasks and assess time requirements to produce work product within defined parameters.

Second year students will be able to

  • Connect legal concepts across curriculum.
  • Exercise critical thinking skills for analysis and problem-solving.
  • Engage in legal drafting.
  • Balance coursework and extra-curricular endeavors.
  • Comprehend and demonstrate the necessity of civil discourse and collaboration in a legal and social environment.

Third and Fourth year students will be able to

  • Apply professional ethics as it relates to client representation, performance as an officer of the court, and resolution of ethical dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate professional judgment.
  • Solve and analyze real world legal issues and problems.
  • Internalize and demonstrate the professionalism required to fulfill societal expectations for the profession.
  • Integrate learning doctrine and theory across disciplines and prepare to shift lessons learned to practice.

Each course syllabus will have student learning outcomes (goals) for that particular course along with assessment measures.

Student Success Programs

Academic Achievement Program

To help our students achieve the high standards we have set for them, we will have in place an extensive support system, including the Office of Academic Achievement. Students will receive personalized assistance in structuring a study program or may seek help in strengthening a particular study skill.

We will offer Saturday workshops for first-year students, an Advanced Analytical Methods course for second-year students, and a variety of tools and support services for third-year and fourth-year part-time students in preparation for the bar exam.

Starting out on the right foot is critical for every first-year student, which is why we created the Professional and Academic Success Seminar (P.A.S.S.) program. Each student will participate in a once-a-week class during their first semester. The program will help identify and strengthen weaknesses in areas such as issue-spotting, analytical thinking and writing skills — all areas closely related to finding success in law school, on the bar exam, and in real-life practice.

Putting academics into action, these programs will prepare our students for the opportunities and challenges of practice in the real world. Whatever comes their way, they will be ready.