ABA Standard 302 requires a law school to establish learning outcomes that include, at a minimum, competency in the following areas:
a) Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;
(b) Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in a legal context;
(c) Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and,
(d) Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.
In accordance with this Standard, the Capital University Law School adopts the following description of seven competencies upon which to establish learning outcomes for its students:
Legal Knowledge: Students will be able to understand the substantive and procedural aspects of law in the core curriculum.
Legal Analysis: Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, and critically apply relevant law to a set of facts by using appropriate legal reasoning skills.
Legal Research: Students will be able to use appropriate resources to identify relevant research terms and controlling authority in order to articulate an effective research plan.
Oral and Written Communication: Students will be able to orally advocate a position and to draft legal documents typically encountered in litigation and transactional settings in an organized and clear manner.
Problem-Solving: Students will be able to identify and articulate legal problems and to present satisfactory options for addressing those problems.
Professionalism: Students will be able to: identify ethical concerns in a variety of situations; determine the applicable professional and ethical standards; apply those standards; and propose a solution that complies with those standards.
Professional Skills: Students will have the professional skills needed for competent participation as a member of the legal profession.