January Skills Courses

SKP-011615: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop  

Friday, January 16th (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m) (111)

This class is designed as a self-guided edit to assist students in preparing their resume and drafting a cover letter.  Use this time to elevate your resume and understand what potential employers seek in candidates. The class is dedicated to full resume review including structure and we will walk you through every aspect of the resume and discuss a variety of strategies, style techniques and preferences to highlight your achievements, skills and experience. The latter half of the class is dedicated to cover letter drafting.  Students will learn basic correspondence drafting rules and style preferences.  You will also learn how to structure the cover letter to highlight why you are the best candidate for the position. Start your semester with improved resume and cover letter drafting skills.


SKL-012315: Professional and Ethical Dilemmas

Friday, January 23rd (1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m) (308)

This course is sponsored by The Louisiana Committee on the Profession. Students will watch short vignettes of professional and ethical dilemmasmany 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.

SKL-01222315:  Trial Witness Role Play 

Thursday, January 23rd (8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m) or (1:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.) - [United States District Court - Eastern Division]

Friday, January 24th (8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.) or (1:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.) - [United States District Court - Eastern Division]

Saturday, January 25th (8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.) [Loyola College of Law]

This opportunity to earn skill credit is offered in conjunction with the 2015 TYLA NTC Regional Trial Competition in New Orleans and hosted by Loyola's Trial Advocacy program sponsoring the event. The competition is located at the United States District Court Eastern District for Louisiana located at 500 Poydras Street in the central business district.  Students are needed to play roles as witnesses for the trial competition, where the prosecution and defense will each have two witnesses. Students will receive their witness specific information before trial for review and will be permitted to have this information during trial. Each trial will likely require three hours and witnesses will need to appear an hour before the trial begins for a quick meeting and then to engage in witness preparation with their assigned team. This is an excellent skill building opportunity to observe an entire simulated trial and learn the rules of evidence in context. Come learn advocacy skills while being an active participant in a competition teams success. To earn skill credit, the Office of Skills requires a short reflection paper uploaded to Blackboard after you participate in the witness role. See the assignment sheet and materials posted on Blackboard. 

SKL-01272915: The Longshore Act

Tuesday, January 27th and Thursday, January 29th (12:30p.m to 1:45) (112)

This course is designed to introduce students to a basic overview and practical aspects of The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.  Students learn the basics of jurisdiction of the Longshore Act including OCSLA, the Defense Base Act, and covered employers and employees covered under the act. Two practitioners, one who represents longshore claimants and another who will present the employer’s perspective, will explain the administrative process of filing a claim, hearings before the administrative law judge, and the appeal process.  They will present practical and legal aspects to completing the necessary forms including why such forms must be filed and how to proceed through the administrative process. 


SKL-SocJ-013015: Community Lawyering

Friday, January 30th (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m) (111)

This course will introduce students to essential principles of community lawyering (also known as movement lawyering or cause lawyering)--a type of lawyering where attorneys work in close collaboration with community groups.  Using an array of advocacy tools including litigation, community lawyering aims to build strong social movements to support long-term social justice goals.  In this skills course, community lawyers will introduce the importance of negotiation skills where representation of a community group is involved and a critical social justice issue is at stake. This class is highly interactive and will provide unique opportunities to learn about local work currently in our own community.

SKL-013015: Workers Compensation

Friday, January 30th (1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m) (112)

Students will review the basic history of the Workers Compensations Act, the Do's & Don'ts in the daily practice. This course is guided by two worker's compensation practitioners and a judge through interactive guided discussion.  Students will receive instructional materials to help them in their future practice.  Do not underestimate the importance of acquiring a basic understanding of the WorkersCompensation Act!

SKL-013115: Real Estate License Course 

Saturday, January 31st (9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m) (111)

The Louisiana Real Estate License Law and the Rules and Regulations of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission permit license applicants to apply certain coursework toward the 90 hour real estate sales or 150 hour broker pre-license requirements.  Courses must have been completed while attending an accredited college or university. Frequently, students who are enrolled in a School of Law will have completed sufficient coursework in their undergraduate and law courses to meet the requirements, with the exception of an 8 hour course in License Law and Rules and Regulations. This course is designed to review the necessary content so that students may submit their transcripts, along with the 8 hour course completion certificate for evaluation by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.  Upon approval by the Commission, students will be able to submit an application for licensing and be authorized to schedule the real estate licensing examination.

NOTE: Students with questions may e mail DrPonthier@ProEducate.com for clarification.