September 2018 Skills Courses

NEW REGISTRATION METHOD: Simply click on the "Click Here To Register" link under the course description for each skills course in the monthly calendar. After logging in to Blackboard, click on the "Enroll" button on the left-hand side of the screen and hit the "Submit" button. Registration closes 24 hours in advance of each skills course.

SKL-09040618: Direct and Cross Examination

(Tues/Thurs, September 4 & 6, 2018) (12:30pm - 1:45pm) (LS 111)
Cosponsored by the Trial Advocacy Executive Board, this course teaches students to conduct effective direct and cross examinations for trial and other adversarial hearings. Learn the proper form of the question as well as techniques for developing and structuring lines of questioning. In cross examination, students will focus on how to craft concise leading questions that control a witness and support one's theory of the case while avoiding common pitfalls that can lead to damaging testimony. In direct examination, students will learn how to prepare their own witnesses and guide them through a persuasive recounting of events supporting one's case theory while overcoming or avoiding objections. Students will also learn scripts for commonly used techniques such as refreshing witness recollection and impeaching a witness with a prior inconsistent statement. Students who are interested in participating in the Trial Advocacy Argue On competition are encouraged to enroll.



SKR4-090718: Setting Up Your Solo Practice

(Friday, September 7, 2018) (9:00am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)
If you are interested in becoming a solo practitioner, you will need more than just good lawyering skills and legal knowledge to succeed. You will need to learn how to establish, operate, and grow a profitable business by attracting and selecting the right clients and making sure you have everything you need to provide them with excellent representation. Come learn the "nuts and bolts" of how to set up your own legal practice from a successful solo practitioner. This course will highlight the business model of practice and teach students how to analyze productivity, the bottom line, and other metrics to enhance your law firm as a business.

Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement 4) Law Office Management/Professionalism.



SKR2-091418: Negotiation

(Friday, September 14, 2018) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)
This course will teach the fundamentals of negotiation. Students will learn proven techniques and strategies for successfully navigating difficult negotiations. Students also have the opportunity to hone their negotiation skills through simulation exercises led by the instructors.

*Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement 2) Negotiation.



SKR3-091518: Beyond Culture and Language in Immigration Advocacy

(Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)
Effective representation, from client management to litigation, begins with effective communication. Join Kathleen Gasparian of Gasparian Spivey Immigration for a skills session focused on communicating with clients, courts, agencies, interpreters, translators, and the community across cultural differences and the barriers of language. Topics will include conducting initial consultations, breaking bad news to a client, litigating through an interpreter, and managing compassion fatigue.

*Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement 3) Cultural Competence.



SKL-MAR-09182018: Maritime Primer

(Tuesday/Thursday, Sept. 18 & 20, 2018) (12:30pm-1:45pm) (LS 111)
Louisiana and the Gulf South are the most active jurisdictions for maritime practice. This class will cover basic concepts of what is the traditional test for maritime tort and contract jurisdiction, what is the distinction between jurisdiction and applicable law, what are navigable waters of the United States, the basic concepts of Jones Act Seaman status, who is a Longshore Harbor Worker and other very basic concepts of maritime law. Students will walk away with a broad understanding of maritime law which will assist with subsequent skill courses that address drafting a maritime complaint, answering the maritime complaint, propounding discovery and conducting a factual investigation of a maritime accident in rem jurisdiction and arrest and seizure of a vessel, and limitation of liability. Attend this first class that is part of a larger series of skills courses.



SKR4-092118: Professionalism in Practice

(Friday, September 21, 2018) (9:00am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)
Sponsored by the LSBA Committee on the Profession, this course focuses on the practical aspects of professionalism and ethics. 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.  There will also be a short presentation at the end of the discourse concerning the issues and solutions of law student debt. 

*Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement 4) Law Office Management/Professionalism



SKL-0925102318: Scholarly Writing Series Part I 

(Tuesday, September 25, 2018 & Tuesday October 23, 2018) (12:30pm - 1:45 pm) (LS 111)
The Scholarly Writing Series is a two-part skills course held over the course of two months and designed 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 explain the process 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 attend both sessions and submit a minimum 100-word topic summary in order to earn a skills credit for this course.  



SKL-092818: Closing Arguments

(Friday, September 28, 2018) (9:00am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)
Learn the art of delivering a persuasive closing argument at trial and for motions hearings. This course will teach students how to prepare for closing arguments, how to adapt closings to the evidence adduced at trial, and effective oral advocacy techniques and rhetorical devices for structuring and delivering closings. Students will also learn how to use opportunities for rebuttals effectively. Co-sponsored by the Trial Advocacy Executive Board, students participating in the Trial Advocacy Argue On competition are encouraged to enroll.



SKR1-092918: Interviewing Clients with Disabilities

(Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018) (9:00am - 12:00pm) (LS 111)
Students who attend this course will learn strategies and techniques for effectively interviewing and communicating with and counseling individuals with disabilities, primarily in the context of ADA civil rights litigation. The course will also explore the practicalities of fulfilling ethical duties owed to clients with diminished capacity.

*Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement 1) Client Interviewing.