Establishing Learning Outcomes Under ABA Standard 302: Cultural Competence

AALS Section on Teaching Methods Newsletter, Fall 2016, at 6

21 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016 Last revised: 20 Oct 2016

Date Written: June 15, 2016

Abstract

ABA Standard 302 comments identify "cultural competency" as one of the "other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession." Legal writing courses provide an ideal setting for raising awareness of the importance of sensitivity to diverse cultural mores. One way is by creating an assignment that demonstrates how viewing determinative facts from a strictly Western lens might lead to an unfair outcome. This article provides an example of an assignment that established, implemented and assessed cultural competency as a learning outcome, without sacrificing substantive coverage.

Keywords: ABA Standard 302, Standard 302, cultural competency, cultural competence, sensitivity, cultural, diverse, diversity, practical, skills, experiential, assessment

Suggested Citation

Park, Eunice, Establishing Learning Outcomes Under ABA Standard 302: Cultural Competence (June 15, 2016). AALS Section on Teaching Methods Newsletter, Fall 2016, at 6, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2814780

Eunice Park (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

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