Goal 1: Knowledge

In many ways law school is like entering a foreign country. The law has its own language, culture and revered icons. You will slowly acquire mastery of these by learning language/terminology, by recalling critical facts and concepts, and by recognizing legal processes (e.g. civil vs. criminal, trial vs. appeal) and settings (e.g. trial court vs. appellate court) and the roles of lawyers and judges within the culture, process and setting.

You must have some knowledge of a subject before successfully completing more sophisticated skills such as application, analysis or synthesis. Thus in the learning situation you are expected early on to store or memorize certain information, such as, terminology and basic legal rules or concepts as a foundation for your development of the more sophisticated cognitive skills.

As you learn these concepts, you should begin to incorporate them into your course outline.

Addition web-based tutorials are available on these related topics.