How do I ensure that I am developing the UTS Law Graduate Attributes
1. Legal Knowledge
- What are your overall goals as a lawyer or legally trained professional and the goals that you have for your learning?
- How confident and comfortable do you feel about your learning of discipline knowledge and what helps you to develop confidence?
- How have your experiences helped you to develop or change your understanding of law, legal practice and the role of law in society?
2. Ethics and Professional Responsibility
- How have your experiences helped you to develop or change your understanding of legal ethics, ethics and legal practice and the role of lawyers in society?
- How has your learning contributed to your development as an honest, open and self-critical professional with a deep ethical sense of and commitment to professional responsibility?
3. Critical Analysis and Evaluation
- How do you know when you have successfully analysed and evaluated information?
- How has the development of skills in critical analysis and evaluation helped you to develop as a professional?
4. Research skills
- How do you see research in law? Describe what it means to distil and integrate knowledge in law, what sources of knowledge are important and how you engage in scholarship in law, legal practice or social contexts.
- What are your aims for research in law, legal practice or social contexts?
- How do you keep up to date in law? What sources do you use to do this?
5. Communication and Collaboration
- How do your goals for the development of your skills in communication and collaboration relate to your overall goals as a lawyer?
- How confident and comfortable do you feel about your ability to communicate and collaborate and what helps you to develop confidence?
- How have your learning experiences helped you to develop or change your understanding of the role of communication and collaboration in law?
- Goals and plans – for yourself, your studies, career, and work life balance;
- Self awareness – understanding yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, personality, motivation, emotional intelligence; and
- Self intervention – recognising challenges such as stress, anger, perfectionism, anxiety, depression and accessing appropriate resources for assistance.
In order to be effective at self-management you need to first understand what motivates you. Motivation gives us the desire, energy and drive to act and persevere to achieve a goal. Being able to understand, monitor and control motivation is a subset of emotional intelligence. It is something that can be learned and practised. Understanding the strategies that work to motivate you, being able to access resources and implement appropriate planning techniques are all self-management skills. As you think about these strategies and techniques you are reflecting on your unique skills, emotions, needs and experiences and in doing this, becoming a reflective practitioner.
- What motivates you? Is it positive (desiring praise, reward, or satisfaction) or negative (avoiding criticism, punishment or disappointment)? Is it intrinsic (coming from within) or extrinsic (coming from outside of us)?
- How are your goals for developing self-management skills related to your overall goals as a lawyer and the goals that you have for your learning?
- Have you developed an ability to respond to feedback?
- Are you able to accurately assess your own learning?
- Are you able to embrace change and consult resources for support where necessary?
- How confident and comfortable do you feel about your self-management skills and what helps you to develop confidence?