Student Competencies and Learning Outcomes

It is the goal of New York Law School to ensure that every student:

Knows the sources of law and understands the weight of legal authority

Acquires foundational knowledge of basic legal subjects

Can critically read, comprehend, analyze, and apply legal authority

Can identify specific legal issues presented by factual scenarios

Can use tools of law and policy to engage in problem solving

Can design and carry out legal research projects

Can write with clarity, precision, and effectiveness

Can speak cogently about legal concepts

Can work as part of a team, which may include engaging in collaboration, being a team leader, making effective use of supervision

Understands the fundamentals of basic lawyering skills such as:

  • Interviewing
  • Fact development and analysis
  • Client counseling
  • Negotiation
  • Advocacy
  • Document drafting
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Organization and management of legal work
  • The use of technology to aid practice

Understands how to develop professional expertise and appreciates the importance of maintaining competence in client representation

Exhibits professionalism and honors the ethical obligations of lawyers

Understands the way law is practiced in a variety of contexts, such as transactional practice and litigation

Understands the special responsibilities of lawyers to promote justice and improve the legal profession


adopted by the faculty May 2013
amended by the faculty March 2017