September 2019 Skills Courses

REGISTRATION METHOD: Click on the "Click Here To Register" link under the course description of the desired skills course in the monthly calendar. After logging in to Blackboard, follow the "Click here to enroll" link. This will take you to a second screen with a panel on the left hand side of the screen that you may need to maximize. Click the green "+ Enroll" button in the panel to complete the process. Registration closes 24 hours in advance of each skills course. To check if you have enrolled successfully, make sure the class is listed under your Blackboard courses.

SKR3-090619: Immigration Advocacy for Unaccompanied Children

(Friday, September 6, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (Law School Building Room 111)

Each year tens of thousands of unaccompanied children face immigration proceedings in the United States. Students who attend this skills course will learn about Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other relief available to unaccompanied minors as well as important skills needed to represent this vulnerable population such as culturally competent and developmentally appropriate counseling.

Note: Satisfies Skills Requirement 3 (SKR3): Cultural Competency



SKR1-090719: Interviewing Children

(Saturday, September 7, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (Law School Building Room 111)

This skills course will explore how issues related to child and adolescent development impact interviewing, communicating with, and counseling child clients and witnesses. Students will learn strategies and techniques for overcoming communication barriers with youth in all settings and contexts, including legal proceedings involving educational, delinquency, and child welfare matters.

Note: Satisfies Skills Requirement 1 (SKR1): Client Interviewing



SKL-MAR-09101219: Maritime Primer

(Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 10 & 12, 2019) (12:30 - 1:45 pm) (Law School Building Room 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. 



SKL-09202119A: Effective Brief Writing

(Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21, 2019) (9:00 am - 10:30 am) (Law School Building Room 111)

This course is presented by The Advocacy Center. Effective brief writing is essential to a successful litigation practice. Litigators cannot always rely on persuading the court through oral advocacy because today judges rarely permit oral argument.. Even when the parties are afforded the opportunity, legal arguments can be won before a lawyer utters his or her first words if the legal brief persuades the court on the critical issues. Students who attend this course will learn vital strategies and techniques for preparing an effective, persuasive brief from the trial to the appellate levels. This course will focus on analytical and persuasive writing skills that show students how to frame the issues to get the judge's attention, state the case succinctly at the outset, write effectively but efficiently, utilize authority most effectively, and develop a writing style that helps your brief stand out from the others.



SKL-09202119B: Effective Oral Advocacy

(Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21, 2019) (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) (Law School Building Room 111)

This course is presented by The Advocacy Center. Oral argument is a foundational skill for effective persuasive advocacy. Decisions are made and minds are changed by skillful oral presentations, whether before a trial or appellate tribunal. This course will provide students with practical experience where the students will give oral arguments on opposing topics and receive critique by members of the bar. Students will also learn about the nuances of oral argument competition.



SKL-0924102219: Scholarly Writing Series - Part I

(Tues, September 24, 2019 & Tues, October 22, 2019) (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.



SKR4-092719: Setting Up Your Solo Practice

(Friday, September 27, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (Law School Building Room 405)

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 Requirement 4 (SKR4): Law Office Management/Professionalism.