Attributes and skills: expected outcomes : Law School : The University of Western Australia
 
 

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Attributes and skills: expected outcomes

Outcome statements

During their studies UWA Law students are expected to develop and demonstrate attributes and skills that are essential for professional competence.

Attributes and skills: expected outcomes

An understanding of fundamental legal concepts and principles

An understanding of fundamental legal concepts and principles and an ability to make connections between them, as well as an appreciation of the relationship between - and an ability to integrate knowledge across - the various areas of law.

An appreciation of the broad framework of law

An appreciation of the broad framework of law and generic legal knowledge, applicable beyond a particular area.

An awareness of the significance of law and the rule of law

An awareness of the historical, ethical, political, social, economic and philosophical dimensions and significance of law and the rule of law.

An aptitude for law reform

The ability to make and assess recommendations for law reform.

The acquisition of comparative law perspectives

The acquisition of comparative law perspectives, including an appreciation and understanding of the significance of different principles and rules relevant to common issues in interstate, state and federal, foreign jurisdictions and the potential impact of international developments on domestic law.

The ability to critically interpret, analyse and comment

The ability to critically interpret, analyse and comment on legal issues and principles, primary and secondary resources and contextual debates about the law.

Research skills

Engagement in comprehensive and independent legal research.

The ability to draw on and apply knowledge

The ability to draw on and apply knowledge across a range of areas in solving substantive and procedural legal problems and providing relevant advice.

Communication, interpersonal and organisation skills

  • Clear, concise and effective writing skills using correct and plain English in communicating with others and in drafting court and other legal documents.
  • Competent, confident and respectful oral communication and advocacy skills.
  • Effective personal skills, including critical reflection on performance skills, learning and personal ethics and managing time and workload.
  • Competent relational skills in interacting with others, working in teams, interviewing clients, taking instructions and negotiation.

These graduate attributes are integrated progressively into the undergraduate curriculum at year level (one, two, three and four) and are consistent with and reflect the Educational Principles of UWA.