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Outcome 1:   Students will be able to use the facts, issues, and holdings within a court case in resolving the issues raised in a fact situation.

Project A:  Students will write a legal memorandum properly, using the facts, issues, and holdings in a precedent case to analyze the fact situation of a given, hypothetical case.  80% of the students will earn an 80% or higher when they apply the facts, issues, and holdings in an evaluation memo relating to a hypothetical fact situationThis will be based on the Legal Writing Rubric.

Project B:  Students will write a court brief properly, using the facts, issues, and holdings in a precedent case to effectively advocate a client’s position in a given, hypothetical case.  80% of the students will earn an 80% or higher when they apply the facts, issues, and holdings in an advocacy court brief relating to a hypothetical fact situation. This will be based on the Legal Writing Rubric.

Outcome 2:  Students will be able to apply the Rules of Professional Conduct to fact situations.

Project A:  Students will take an objective test on confidentiality and conflict of interests where the questions involve applying the Rules to a fact situation (12 students).  90% of the students will earn 80% or higher when correctly answering objective questions (Questions 43 through 49 on PARA 100 Test One) where the student must apply ethics rules to a fact situation.

Project B:  Students will write a paper addressing several ethical fact situations and analyze them using the Rules.  90% of the students will score an 85% or higher on a 500-word paper where they must apply the Rules of Professional Conduct to three fact situations involving a paralegal dealing with ethical situationsThis will be based on the Rubric for Basic Legal Writing (19 students).