Learning Outcomes


Students who successfully complete the course will be able to demonstrate skills, knowledge, or values in the following law-related areas:


A non-exhaustive list of law-related competencies that may be learned in one or more BSL courses or other law school activities or experiences.

Legal Knowledge. Apply domestic, comparative, international, legislative, regulatory, statutory, or transnational laws

Applying, classifying, defining, describing, employing, explaining, labeling, listing, reproducing, reviewing, stating, or using legal knowledge

Analysis and Decision-Making. Evaluate or solve legal problems

Analogizing, analyzing, being creative or innovative, comparing, critiquing, differentiating, distinguishing, exercising practical judgment, planning, problem solving, reasoning, or theorizing

Policy Evaluation. Examine and connect legal contexts, issues, policy, theory, or values

Understanding or evaluating specific situations in light of fundamental principles and values such as equality, fairness, liberty, justice, or analytical orientations such as economics, public safety, or critical legal studies

Professional Identity. Understand what it means to be a lawyer and the special obligations lawyers have to their clients and society.

Intentionally exploring the values, guiding principles, and well-being practices considered foundational to successful legal practice, including but not limited to dedication, diligence, engagement, self-directed learning, ethics, honesty, integrity, or community or social engagement.

Legal Writing. Draft written texts for legal purposes and audiences

Advising, advocating, arguing, describing, discussing, drafting, editing, formulating, memorializing, modifying, recording, restating, revising, reviewing, or summarizing

Oral Communication. Employ oral communication for legal purposes and audiences

Advising, advocating, arguing, counseling, debating, describing, formulating, influencing, listening, presenting, responding, speaking, or testifying

Information Gathering and Processing. Obtain and assess information about facts, law, procedure, and theory

Appraising, assessing, categorizing, examining, finding, interviewing, investigating, locating, organizing, prioritizing, researching, or sorting

Interpersonal Interactions. Demonstrate emotional intelligence and ability to work with other people

Collaborating, cooperating, empathizing, identifying, managing, mediating, mentoring, organizing, recognizing, resolving conflicts, or supporting

Client and Practice Management. Employ tools or strategies that encourage the ethical and effective practice of law

Building professional relationships, identifying client or community needs, managing stress, organizing one's own or others’ work, using technology or electronic media

Bias, Cultural Competence, and Anti-Racism Understand the legal profession’s obligation to reduce bias and racism in our legal system and to promote cultural competence and cultural humility. Understand, recognize, identify, articulate, and engage in constructive discourse about various forms of bias, racism, and bigotry; understand and engage in cultural humility practices related to reducing bias and racism, craft remedies to mitigate bias and reduce inequality.