Core Competencies & Outcomes

Core Competencies

1. Practice Ready (encompassing communication, skills, quantitative skills, and collaboration)
2. Legal Analysis (encompassing knowledge and research)
3. Professionalism
4. Problem-solving (encompassing strategic thinking and decision-making)
5. Social Responsibility

Each of the existing competencies is mapped to ABA Standard 302:

(a) Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;
Competencies: 1. Practice Ready, 2. Legal Analysis

(b) Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context;
Competencies: 1. Practice Ready, 2. Legal Analysis, 4. Problem-solving

(c) Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and
Competencies: 3. Professionalism, 4. Problem-solving, 5. Social Responsibility

(d) Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession;
Competencies: 1. Practice Ready, 3. Professionalism, 5. Social Responsibility

Program 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 and persuasive written and oral advocacy skills.
3. 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. Critique the legal and social environment balancing civility and zeal.
3. Apply professional ethics as it relates to client representation, performance as an officer of the court and resolution of ethical dilemmas.

Savannah Law School’s full Assessment Plan was adopted by the faculty on March 23, 2016.