April Skills classes

SKL-041015: Practical Legal Research

Friday, April 10th (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.) (LS - Room 111) 

This course is designed to assist students to explore print resources in the library, and to understand the importance of browsing print resources. Students will engage in a library tour, then a scavenger hunt type of team research assignments and then will reconvene in a larger classroom setting to now find the same research in electronic sources.  The instructors will guide students through small working groups and also provide information to free online resources and practice guides. 

SKL-041115: Overview of a Criminal Trial

Saturday, April 11th (9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.) (LS - Room 111)

This course is dedicated to the practical aspects of handling a criminal case, specifically Arrest, Bail, and Preliminary Hearings; Motions and Discovery; Jury Selection and Trial Considerations. The practitioner will take you through each aspect of a criminal case and provide specific practice tips. This is a great class to take for anyone interested in criminal practice both defense and prosecution. If you have any interest in criminal law, do not miss this opportunity to learn the practical aspects of criminal law. 

SKL-041515: ABA Anatomy of a Trial

Wednesday, April 15th (all day) (Eastern District of Louisiana, 500 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130)

For the first time, the ABA section on litigation is meeting in New Orleans for their annual meeting.  As part of the programming, attorneys from around the country have organized a special presentation for law students.  This opportunity to earn skill credit is a one-day trial training bootcamp featuring star litigators from accross the United States and New Orleans. Based on the real trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, this training will cover topics including case analysis, theory of the case, civility, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments.  This a rare opportunity to learn from experienced trial attorneys and judges while they perform trial skills and then give guided critiques. The first 50 students to enroll the admission fee is paid by the College of Law.  Enroll early! 

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SKL-041715: Disaster Poverty Simulation

Friday, April 17th (9:00a.m.-12:00p.m) (LS - Room 344)

This 3-hour interactive training program is designed to help the legal community better understand the hardships faced by their low-income clients. As lawyers, we are trained to evaluate and address legal issues, but being an effective advocate requires us to understand our clients’ circumstances beyond the legal issues. In this thought-provoking workshop for the Chicago legal community, each attendee will be assigned a life circumstance and try to make it through a simulated month, dealing with issues of transportation, child-care and unexpected events. This workshop offers the chance to better understand how to work effectively with low-income clients, and to consider critically the ways in which we deliver services. Led by Tiela Chalmers, a nationally recognized expert on access to justice issues, this training qualifies for 2.25 hours of ethics credit.

Online Skills Courses

For those students who are in need of skills credit, we have online lectures available for viewing. Please see the online course listings below and then complete the necessary submission form to receive skills credit. The password is "skills" for the videos listed below. If you choose to complete more than one course online, please fill out a separate viewing form for each course. 

Online Courses

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