April Skills Courses

SKR-040116: Professionalism in Practice

Friday, April 1st (9:00am – 12:00pm) (LS - 308)

This course is sponsored by The Louisiana Committee on the Profession. Students will watch short vignettes of professional and ethical dilemmas many new attorneys face.  After each short presentation, experienced practitioners and judges will guide the discussion on how to best handle difficult situations. Many attorneys in the first five years of practice may not know how to handle certain situations. Through mentoring and experienced attorneys, this class will help you transition into practice. Come learn how to prevent ethical dilemmas and understand professionalism issues before such occur in real life.

*This class satisfies the required Law Office Management and Professionalism skills course (applicable to the 2L class).


​SKR-04050716: Race Power and Privilege

Tuesday and Thursday, April 5th and 7th (12:30pm – 2:00pm) (LS - 111)

Skills Instructor, Colette Pichon Battle will provide a "Race & Power Training" class developed through the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policiy. This series has been developed with a goal of addressing and dismantling unique systems of structural discrimination in the Gulf South. This training allows participants to talk about issue of race in the South in a safe and meaningful space. Participants learn about the long-term impact of the cycles of oppression and leave with tools that allow them to have a justice analysis for various areas of work.

*This class satisfies the required Cultural Competence and Inter-Personal skills course (applicable to the 2L class).


SKL-CIV-040816: Class Action and Multi-District Litigation

Friday, April 8th (4:00pm – 7:00pm) (LS - 111)

Participants completing this skills course will understand the basic procedural requirements for class actions; know how to spot and/or create certification problems; understand how to plan for a certification hearing; know how to identify, screen, and prepare or attack class representatives; and will participate in a problem-solving session in which fact situations are analyzed for certification criteria. The instructor is experienced in both state and federal class actions.  


SKR-041116: Active Listening Skills 

Monday, April 11th (5:00pm – 8:00pm) (LS - 111)

This class will focus primarily on non-verbal communication skills, reflecting back what people are saying, listening for what's important to someone and practicing how to reflect back their values, and listening for how someone is feeling and how to objectively reflect back their feelings in a non-judgmental way without compromising neutrality. This is a skill all lawyers need to practice and improve over the course of their career.  Come learn this skills to help you in all aspects of lawyering!

*This class satisfies the required Negotiation skills course (applicable to the 2L class).


SKL-041516: Maritime Contracts

Friday, April 15th (9:00am – 12:00pm) (LS - 111)

Given the importance of the maritime and offshore industry in this region, any attorney practicing maritime law along the Gulf Coast will need to understand the attributes of a maritime contract, how a maritime contract differs from a non-maritime contract, maritime indemnity and insurance obligations, the Louisiana and Texas Oilfield Indemnity Acts, and how a maritime contract can affect Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act obligations, among other things.


SKP-041516: Fact Deposition Taking

Friday, April 15th (1:00pm – 4:00pm) (LS - 111)

This course will teach basic deposition taking skills. Students will learn how to take the deposition of a fact witness and practice those skills in an in class simulation. The first portion of the class students will learn techniques and strategies in preparing and taking a fact deposition including defending a deposition.   The second portion of the class, students will be assigned the role of a plaintiff or defense attorney and either take or defend the deposition.  The instructor is an experienced practitioner who will share tips and strategies in the context of the simulation on how to ask questions and pull information from a witness related to theme or theory of your case. 


SKL-041616: Risk Management

Saturday, April 16th (9:00am – 12:00pm) (LS - 111)

This course is designed to introduce students to Risk Management and how, as future lawyers, they may needed to understand and apply the various concepts of this interesting subject matter.  The first portion of the course will provide an introductory overview to the concept of "risk," the roles and responsibilities of the client/attorney/risk manager, and the traditional tools used in Risk Management. The second portion of the course will focus on one of the most common (and misunderstood) ways lawyers assist their clients in managing risk: contractual risk allocation (including the insurance device). Please do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and discuss such an important topic with a former risk manager and current in-house counsel.)

*Health Care Certificate


SKR-042216: Technology in the Courtroom

Friday, April 22nd (10:00am – 12:30pm)

United States District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana (B-311)

This class is a "hands on" learning experience in Federal court.  A Staff member of the Eastern District will teach students about the new technology in the courtroom.  Then, students will be able to practice with the technology to practice presentation skills.  This class is limited to 20 students and offered on a first serve basis, so sign up early!  After class, the professor will escort students to the Louisiana Bar and also the 5th Circuit library. Do not miss this day downtown!

*This class satisfies the required Law Office Management and Professionalism skills course (applicable to the 2L class).

SKL-TRAN-042316: Overview of Accounting and Finance

Saturday, April 23rd (9:00am – 12:00pm) (LS - 111)

This seminar will introduce students to basic accounting and finance concepts. The portion of the seminar related to accounting covers basic theories of accounting, including the cash and accrual method, accounting equation, GAAP, financial reporting and the four key financial statements. The portion of the seminar related to finance covers basic theories of finance, including the risk-return relationship, time value of money, capital budgeting and debt and equity financing.


SKL-042916: Lawyers in the Great Tradition: The Argument of An Appeal

Friday, April 29th (4:00pm – 5:30pm) (LS - 308)

This course is dedicated to understanding the importance of appellate advocacy and how many lawyers throughout history have shaped our jurisprudence through persuasive argument.  Do not miss this opportunity to learn from two well-respected scholars of appellate advocacy: The Honorable Harry T. Lemmon, Louisiana Supreme Court  and Paul R. Baier, Professor of Law Louisiana State University. Students will learn about the art of oral advocacy and more importantly the substantive procedural issues such as appeal of right, discretionary review and scope of review. Justice Lemmon and Prof. Baier will provide insight to factors conditioning the appeal, such as the facts, the record, the bench and the law.  This is a rare opportunity to learn from both instructors regarding the reflections on winning and losing in appellate courts.