January Skills

SKR-01171917: Client Interviewing

(Tuesday/Thursday, January 17th & 19th, 2017) (12:30pm-2:00pm) (LS 111)

Do you think interviewing a client is simply asking a series of questions?  Come learn how to prepare for a client interview through relationship-centered lawyering.    You will leave the course more confident about your ability to skillfully prepare and effectively interview a client.  Students will engage in a simulation based on a case related to civil litigation.  Essentially, students will meet a hypothetical client who is seeking representation based on a problem which will likely result in filing a civil complaint. Learn the ‘art of interviewing’ specifically how to ask questions that build trust, solicit information or reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. 

*This course satisfies the required Client Interviewing skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKR-012117: Negotiation

(Saturday, January 21, 2017) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)

This course is formatted in short three “one-hour instruction units”.  The first unit will introduce students to the chronology of a negotiation and basic terminology, such as agenda and priority setting.  The second unit you will hear instructors skilled in negotiation provide strategy tips on difficult negotiations.  The last unit provides simulation time where students will practice negotiation skills.  

*This course satisfies the required Negotiation skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKR-01242617: Spanish for Lawyers

(Tuesday/Thursday, January 24th & 26th, 2017) (12:30pm-2:00pm) (LS 111)

For the first time in our skills curriculum, we are offering a short course dedicated to improve students understanding and ability of the Spanish language in the context of legal proceedings.  All students are welcome to attend. A portion of the class is dedicated to understanding legal terms in Spanish.  Overall the class is important for all lawyers  to provide better legal services, avoid misunderstandings, build client trust and deepen cultural competence in the community. We will further discuss pathways to use language skills in the legal practice like becoming a certified court interpreter.

*This course satisfies the required Cross-cultural Competency skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKR-012417: Active Listening for Client Interviewing

(Tuesday, January 24, 2017) (5:00pm-8:00pm) (BB 114)

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 these skills to help you in all aspects of lawyering.​

*This course satisfies the required Client Interviewing skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKL-013117: Energy Law and Natural Resource Regulation

(Tuesday/Thursday, January 31st & Febraury 2nd, 2017) (12:30-2:00pm) (LS 111)

This two part course offers two unique perspectives.  The first day, the head of the Louisiana Oil and Trade Association will speak to students about how the state regulates the industry and how attorneys play an important role in all aspects of the oil and gas industry.  The second day, two attorneys from Stone Pigman will present on how energy is regulated in Louisiana and how such regulations impact their clients.  This class offers an incredible opportunity to meet and network with practitioners who are a part of the Energy bar association.