Core Competencies for TMSL Students
Our institutional competencies undergird every instructional practice in the classroom. They are intentionally taught and measured in an effort to hold ourselves accountable to instructional effectiveness.
Critical Ability: Critical thinking, speaking, and writing are fundamental abilites that encompass a number of ares.
Critical Thinking - The ability to move beyond reading comprehension and consider the law's moral social, political, and practical implications, as well as the ability to formulate and synthesize legal principles, in addition to aassessing judicial opinions; identifying complex legal issues, selecting the best authority for those issues, and comprehensively analyzing those isues both orally and in writing.
Critical Speaking - The ability to persuafe a court, mediator, or other deciding tribunal to render a favorable ruling based upon a reasonable interpreation of the law and compelling, thoughtful arguments; the ability to communicate effectively with clients, agencies, other lawyers, and court officials.
Critical Writing - The ability to organize and express ideas in writing with precision , clarity, logic, and economy; competencies include the ability to draft an array of standard legal documents such as pleadings, motions, contracts, appelate briefs, and proposed judicial opinions in a manner that is appropriate to the audience ( client, court, opposing counsel, and colleagues) to resolve a legal task; the ability to write a competent bar examination essay under timed conditions.
Substantive Knowledge: Demonstrating knowledge of fundamental legal principles and related policies found in, and underlying all, forms of primary legal authority. The ability, across legal fields of practice, to employ those principles and policies to prevent and solve legal problems.
Research: The ability to demonstrate competency in an array of skills erlated to client representation, including trial skills, understanding administraive procedure and the rulemaking process, client interviewing, counseling, advocacy, gathering facts, and evaluating, identifying, and investigating evidence; abilty to resolve disputes or develop solutions to problems through processes of negotiation, mediation, or arbitration.
Metacognition: Demonstrating competence through techniques such as goal-setting, inference-making, time-management, self-monitored learning, reflection, and self-critique. *
*This list is by way of example, and not intended to be exhaustive of all measures of metacognition.
Professionalism: Demonstrating appropriate knowledge of norms, values, and rules that govern the legal profession, and teh ability to apply knowledge in a varity of settings to resolve and/or prevent legal problems; the ability to be ethical and professional in all communications and dealings with the court, clients, peers, opposing counsel, and court officials; capacity for team work/working with others in team settings to solve legal problems.