McGeorge School of Law

Curriculum Mapping — Question 5


Demonstrate communication skills, including effective listening and critical reading, writing in objective and persuasive styles, and oral advocacy and other oral


Course 5(a). How you think the following Program Learning Outcome is addressed in your course.  5(b): Describe the assessment methods used to evaluate this Program Learning Outcome in your course (rubric, paper, exam, multiple choice, presentation, portfolio, capstone project, etc.)
Business Associations Developed Mastery of material requires critical reading.
Business Associations Developed Intense simulations and continuous assessments of class participation, and four open-book exams 
Civil Procedure Introduced In class participation (which can raise/lower a grade); discussion with fellow students on specific projects
Clinics Developed reflections, memos, presentation, case work.
Constitutional Law Developed written essay assessments with detailed grading rubrics, practice multiple choice, graded multiple choice, in-class group work and discussion
Contracts Introduced To the extent the socratic method relates to such an outcome but noyt formally assessed otherwise.
Contracts Developed Intense simulations and continuous assessment of class participation, monthly written problem simulations and a traditional final exam.
Criminal Law Developed Summary presentations, reading cases and discussing, statutory interpretation, exam writing, in-class debates
Criminal Law Developed Numerous in-class collaborations on simulation exercises -- no formal assessment; class participation for a plus-minus in their grades
Criminal Procedure Developed Class preparation and participation are required; simulation exercises give students a chance to argue cases before a judge (me)
GLS I Introduced GLS I primarily introduces and develops written objective and written communication skills, although all sections have at least one opportunity for students to present orally. Numerous papers introduce written communication skills. Reading and listening skills are also measured through success on the papers. 
GLS II Mastered Written communication through papers and oral communication through three graded oral arguments over the course of the year.
Legal Profession Developed Topic: Cultural Competence    Learning Outcome:    Understand the value of developing cultural competence in order to provide effective advocacy for a diversifying population to ensure meaningful access to justice.      (Assessed through graded individual and team multiple choice quizzes, graded team peer evaluation.)       Topic: Emotional Intelligence    Learning Outcomes:    1.Understand the meaning of emotional intelligence and the role emotional intelligence plays in the success of your professional life.  2. Acquire a level of understanding of your emotional intelligence.  3. Learn strategies to become more emotionally intelligent.    (Assessed through graded individual and team multiple choice quizzes; graded team peer evaluation; self-scoring, non-graded conflict style instrument called the Friendly Style Profile)    Oral Presentation Skills:     Assessed through non-graded group presentation on Just Mercy with professors giving group feedback using a presentation rubric.    Topic: Interpersonal Problem Solving    Leavening Outcomes:    1.      Understand the role of your conflict style in problem solving.  2. Learn how to apply collaboration and interpersonal problem-solving techniques.     (Assessed through graded individual and team multiple choice quizzes, graded team peer evaluation; and self-scoring, non-graded conflict style instrument (Friendly Style Profile).)    Teamwork    The course is taught in a team-based learning model so student can learn to work collaboratively in teams.    (Assessed through graded individual and team quizzes; graded team peer evaluation; and non-graded team presentation, using a rubric that is provided to the students.)    
PASS I Developed Written practice essays, and both objective and persuasive performance tests with extensive feedback (oral communications N/A) 
PASS II Developed Simulated essay exams (written, objective) (oral & persuasive writing N/A); multiple choice 
Professional Responsibility Developed Through the use of student preparation for class, class lecture, regular quizzes, the final essay exam,  and the MPRE, students are introduced to and develop effective communication and listening skills, and critical reading and writing skills.
Property Developed Class
Property Developed Class discussion
Remedies Developed 6 essay assessments on topics covering remedies and aspects of contract law and torts; multiple choice assessments focused particularly on contracts and torts; 2 question final exam essays focused on remedies.
Remedies Developed written essay assessments with detailed grading rubrics, practice multiple choice, graded multiple choice
Statutes & Regulations Developed Exhibited in classroom discussion of problems relating to statutory interpretation. 
Torts Developed Socratic method, preassigned presentations, small group work 
Torts Developed Critical reading and listening is assessed through responses in class and ultimately feeds into success on exams. 
Wills & Trusts Mastered Exam;Class;nongraded assessments;MC;class projects
Wills & Trusts Developed Exam; multiple choice questions; discussion problems in class