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Developing the key competencies

Legal studies encourages students to develop the key competencies.

These include:


The ability to apply theoretical legal concepts to specific situations and to solve problems.

Using language, symbols, and texts

Oral language

The study and practice of law has a rich oral tradition of argument and debate. Legal studies students should be confident public speakers who skillfully use oral language to express arguments.

Written language

The ability to use clear and precise written language to construct arguments based on evidence, and, to closely read specific texts in a legal context such as statutes.

Legal literacy

The ability to define and use legal vocabulary in a skillful and eloquent manner.

Participating and contributing

The ability to participate and contribute confidently in the legal contexts of local, national, or global communities, and to understand the importance of balancing rights, roles, and responsibilities.

Last updated August 28, 2012