Student Competencies and Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Knows the sources of law and understands the weight of legal authority
  2. Acquires foundational knowledge of basic legal subjects
  3. Can critically read, comprehend, analyze, and apply legal authority
  4. Can identify specific legal issues presented by factual scenarios
  5. Can use tools of law and policy to engage in problem solving
  6. Can design and carry out legal research projects
  7. Can write with clarity, precision, and effectiveness
  8. Can speak cogently about legal concepts
  9. Can work as part of a team, which may include engaging in collaboration, being a team leader, making effective use of supervision
  10. 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
  1. Understands how to develop professional expertise and appreciates the importance of maintaining competence in client representation
  2. Exhibits professionalism and honors the ethical obligations of lawyers
  3. Understands the way law is practiced in a variety of contexts, such as transactional practice and litigation
  4. 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