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October Skills Classes

SKL-10030517: Direct and Cross Examination (Trial Advocacy)

(Tuesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 5) (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) (LS 111) This course is offered in coordination with the Trial Advocacy Student Group.  The Trial Ad team have asked local trial practitioners to participate in this hands-on trial skills course focusing on the development of direct examination and cross examination techniques.

SKR-100617:  Setting Up Your Solo Practice 

(Friday, October 6) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)
This presentation will first cover the "nuts and bolts" of how to set up your solo practice. Specifically, students will learn the practical aspects of beginning to practice on your own by one of our own incubator attorneys.  The second portion of the presentation is dedicated to highlighting the business model of practice.  Specifically, students will learn how to analyze productivity, the bottom line and metrics to enhance your business.

Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement (4) Law Office Management and Professionalism.​ 

SKL-CLE-100717: Using the DISC Profile to Build Your Business and Strengthen Your Relationships

(Saturday, October 7) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)

This interactive workshop presented by Loyola CLE will help you identify your own behavioral style, how to quickly identify the other styles and how to best work with each one. Knowledge of the DISC profile will help with client interactions, co-worker relationships and personal relationships as well. The DISC Model is basic and user-friendly theory of human behavior. It gives people a common language to better understand themselves and others. Each of us has all 4 DISC styles. The DISC assessment reveals which behavioral styles are more comfortable for us (natural) and which take more energy (not natural). You can divide people into 4 DISC styles. People are identified as either People-oriented or Task-oriented. They are then further identified as Reserved or Active. The resulting personality types are called: D-style (Dominance) -Task-oriented and active; I-style (Influence) - People oriented and active; S-style (Steadiness) - People oriented and reserved; C-style (Correctness) - Task-oriented and reserved.

SKL-10101217: Evidence and Objections (Trial Advocacy)

(Thursday, October 12 - LS 111; and Friday, October 13 - LS 405) (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) This course is offered in coordination with the Trial Advocacy Student Group. This course will examine how litigators utilize the Federal Rules of Evidence in the context of both motion practice and trial. Students interested in or involved with Loyola's Trial Advocacy program will learn the basic mechanics on introducing and objecting to evidence at trial. The first class will focus on the procedural side of evidence, while the second class will be styled as a hands-on tutorial on how to efficiently move evidence into the record.   This  class will offer students a great opportunity to understand procedure and evidence from a practitioner's standpoint. Please Note: This course was originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 10th, but that session was moved to Friday, October 13th due to a conflict.

SKR-101317: Professional Skills for a Successful Legal Career

(Friday, October 13) (5:30pm-7:00pm) (LS 312)
Life after law school can be an intimidating idea, but this should not be one for any Loyola law student. We have Career Services and clinic professors waiting at the helm to help each student navigate and plan for the future. Presented by the Evening Law Student Association, representatives from the Office of Career Services and Clinic Professor Cheryl Buchert will discuss how to get a legal position and what to do once you get it. This comprehensive discussion will also include strategies for a successful law practice and the development of professional skills needed in order to lay the proper foundation for a thriving legal career. 

Note: Upon submission of a 300-word reflection paper, attendance at this skills course will earn one skills credit and satisfy skills competency requirement (4) Law Office Management and Professionalism.

SKL-10171917: Pre-Filing Fact Investigation

(Tuesday and Thursday, October 17 and 19) (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) (LS 111) Discovery is a powerful tool for plaintiff's lawyers in achieving success for our clients. But knowing the facts of your case before you file is key to ensuring that your case makes it to the discovery phase - particularly if you are litigating civil rights actions or otherwise representing individuals against powerful entities. This means you must act not only as a lawyer, but also as a cunning investigator! In this course, we will discuss why pre-filing fact investigation is so important, both for understanding the specifics surrounding our clients' cases, as well as the broader context of the defendants' actions. We will explore some of the tools at our disposal as investigators, including free or low-cost databases and on-the-ground investigation. Additionally, public records requests are an important tool in expanding the world of your case and for informing your litigation strategy. We will draft sample public records requests, consider possible defenses to our requests, and find a balance between the needs of our cases and what the law allows. This class will be particularly useful for students interested in litigating against public entities such as cities, police departments, prisons, and jails. Grab your gumshoes and your magnifying glass, and let's get sleuthing!

SKL-TRAN-101817: Real Estate Transactions

(Wednesday, October 18) (5:00pm-7:15pm) (LS 306) 
This course will cover the basic information and steps in closing a real estate transaction from start to finish and the important things you need to know, both generally and specifically in Louisiana. It will review such steps as finding a property, confecting a purchase agreement, obtaining financing amid the new TRID rules and Best Practices requirements, obtaining insurance, preparing and reviewing documents, funding the transaction and conducting post-closing clean up work. 

Law Review Symposium: Children of Incarcerated Parents

(Friday, October 20) (9:00am-4:00pm)

Earn a skills credit and satisfy skills competency requirement (3) Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Skills for attending at least two sessions or panels of the Loyola Law Review Symposium, "Children of Incarcerated Parents: Ending the Cycle of Trauma." In lieu of Blackboard registration, make sure to sign in at the symposium and submit the Attendance Verification form that will be provided by Law Review organizers.

SKR-CLE-102117: Spanish For Lawyers

(Saturday, October 21) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)
This course presented by Loyola CLE is dedicated to improving an attorney's understanding and practical use of the Spanish language in the context of legal proceedings. 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 such as when working with a certified court interpreter.

*Note: Attendance at this skills course will satisfy skills competency requirement (3) Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Skills.

SKL-0915102417: Scholarly Writing Series Part II: Research and Preemption

(Tuesday, October 24) (12:30 - 1:30 pm) (LS 111) The Scholarly Writing Series is a two-part skills class designed over the course of two months to help students achieve individual writing goals. The Series begins with a class to assist students in their transition from persuasive writing to scholarly writing and understand the importance of topic selection. The next class is designed to assist students with techniques for conducting scholarly research and incorporating the research into their writing.

Note: Students must also attend Part I on September 15 and submit a minimum 100-word topic summary in order to earn a skills credit for this course.  

SKL-103117: Advocacy in School Disciplinary Proceedings

(Tuesday, October 31) (12:30 pm-1:30 pm) (LS 111) 
Learn how to advocate for New Orleans–area youth facing school suspension or expulsion at this training presented by Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO). Law students of all interest levels are welcome, but those who attend are eligible to become a SUFEO advocate and provide assistance to youth at various stages of school disciplinary proceedings.

Note: Students must submit a 400-word reflection paper in order to receive skills credit for this course.