ALBANY LAW SCHOOL CLINICAL LEGAL STUDIES GRADING

ALBANY LAW SCHOOL CLINICAL LEGAL STUDIES
GRADING AND EVALUATION FORM
TO THE STUDENT:
There are four general criteria used in assessing your performance:
1.
Pre-performance skills/planning: Students are expected to demonstrate
competent skills in case-planning, case organization, collaboration, following office
procedures and time management. For example it is expected that the students will
maintain organized files in accordance with the clinical filing system and check into the
clinic each day for telephone and e-mail messages, mail, notes, etc.
2.
Performance skills: Students are expected to demonstrate competent ability in
engaging in lawyering activities such as: client counseling, interviewing, fact
investigation, negotiating, research, legal analysis and writing, drafting legal documents,
examining witnesses, oral advocacy, and corresponding with clients and relevant parties.
Students are also expected to demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge of the
applicable law and procedure and familiarity with the necessary facts.
3.
Post-performance skills/reflection and correction: Students are expected to be
reflective and self-corrective. Students must demonstrate the ability to assess and critique
their own and others’ performances. Students must show that they have learned from
their initial experiences and can incorporate that knowledge in the next experience.
Students are expected to share their experiences with other students in a positive way to
foster cooperative decision making. Students must demonstrate the ability to critically
review and evaluate the legal system through the clients’ experience and reflect on their
role within the system.
4.
Professional Responsibilities: Students must behave in a professionally
responsible manner at all times in dealings with clients, the community, colleagues and
opposing counsel. Students must demonstrate sensitivity to client needs, concerns and
goals and knowledge of ethical rules. For example, students must represent their clients
zealously, preserve client confidences, respect client autonomy and exercise independent
professional judgment on client’s behalf. Students are also expected to act responsibly
and sensitively in their lawyering roles.
Evaluation, pg. 1
The general criteria are analyzed using the performance tasks which
follow. Each task is evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, and N/A, as follows:
Excellent
Consistently does outstanding work and works in an
increasingly independent and cooperative manner
Good
Performs well, and is learning to work in an
independent and cooperative manner
Satisfactory
Perform s with basic competence, and is learning to work
in an independent and cooperative manner
Poor
Needs maximum supervision/oversight to perform
competently
Failure
Does not seek or respond to supervision/guidance and
does not perform com petently
N/A
The identified skill is not applicable to the Project
in which the student is enrolled, or the student has
not yet been assigned to tasks which involve the
identified skill.
Evaluation, pg. 2
Student Self Evaluation / Attorney Evaluation
(circle one)
Student:
_______________________________________
Faculty:
_______________________________________
Date of Evaluation:
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EVALUATION OF STUDENT ATTORNEY
I.
PRE-PERFORMANCE SKILLS/PLANNING
1.
Case Management and Organization
Comments:
2.
Case Planning
Comments:
II.
1.
PERFORMANCE SKILLS
Interviewing, Counseling and Fact Investigation
Comments:
Evaluation, pg. 3
2.
Communication
Comments:
3.
Law, Procedure and Theory
Comments:
4.
Research and Writing
Comments:
5.
Negotiations and Oral Advocacy and Trial Skills
Comments:
III.
POST-PERFORMANCE SKILLS/
REFLECTION AND CORRECTION
Comments:
Evaluation, pg. 4
IV. PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
1.
Responsibility
Comments:
2. Ethics
Comments:
E.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Other aspects of work in the clinic that are not otherwise described above but which
deserve special recognition (e.g., exceptional effort, outstanding improvement and growth
as advocate, excellent judgment, achievement of personal goals.)
Comments: _______________________________________________
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Evaluation, pg. 5
Evaluation, pg. 6