Inspiring Ideas for the Teaching & Learning of Law
SCORING LEGAL SKILLS (click title to view)
The Council for Aid to Education (CAE) has created a RUBRIC to score performance-based tasks such as critical thinking skills, problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, writing, and the ability to critique and make arguments.
Over 700 institutions—both in the United States and internationally—have used the Collegiate Learning Assessment to benchmark value-added growth in student learning at their college or university.
Top 10 Legal Skills
- Communicate persuasively.
- Advocate a position or cause.
- Master legal terminology.
- Develop keen listening skills.
- Master the fundamentals of English grammar.
- Write organized, concise & persuasive prose.
- Draft effective legal documents
- Customer service skills.
- Client communication skills.
- Develop logical thinking, organization & problem- solving abilities.
- Structure and evaluate arguments.
- Use inductive and deductive reasoning to draw inferences & reach conclusions.
- Learn how to locate & analyze legal authority.
- Master the art of statutory interpretation.
- Learn proper legal citation.
- Master legal research software applications & Internet research.
- Master communications technology including e-mails, voice messaging systems, videoconferencing and related technology.
- Become familiar with electronic discovery, computerized litigation support and document management software.
- Become proficient with legal research software and Internet research.
- Develop the tech know-how to make wise technology decisions.
- Relevant filing deadlines.
- Fundamental principles of law in the practice areas in which they work.
- Relevant legal terminology.
- A strong work ethic.
- The ability to juggle competing priorities.
- The ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Calendar management skills.
- The ability to identify objectives, catalogue data and create an effective organization structure from massive amounts of unrelated information.
- The ability to use technology applications that assist in managing case-related data.
- Coordinate and share information and knowledge.
- Cultivate relationships with colleagues, staff, clients,experts, vendors and others.
- Attending and participating in team events, meetings and conferences.
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