This course will develop and strengthen critical academic skills in the areas of reading, critical thinking, analyzing, and exam writing. The course will use Constitutional Law as a vehicle for improving these skills, but students will enhance their ability to understand and apply legal material in other courses, on the bar exam and in practice. There are two components to the Principles of Legal Analysis course:
- Learning Theory and Study Skills: Focuses on the study, organizational, writing and expression skills that law students need to succeed in law study and law practice.
- Legal Analysis and Problem Solving: Focuses on the nature of analysis in law study and law practice. This component assists students in the development of the analytical skills that are used by successful lawyers, and law students, in accomplishing their tasks with excellence (including preparing for and taking examinations).
Enrollment is limited to those required to enroll in an Academic Improvement Plan in their second year of law school by the Student Handbook and Southwestern Law School Academic Policies. Students must also be enrolled in Constitutional Law I. Depending on the class size, limited enrollment for students who are not required to take the course may be available and must be pre-approved by the Director of Academic Support.