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September Skills Courses

SKP-090514: Advanced Bluebook Citation  

Friday, September 5th (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m) (405)

This course is open to everyone who struggles with citation. This is an important course for anyone about to complete the writing requirement or thinking about publishing. Although all law review and journal members are required to attend, we encourage anyone who is interested in publishing while in school to attend this skills class.

To give context to the course, we ask students to download a citation exercise provided on the skills webpage, complete and bring to class with you.  Father Moore will then guide students through the correct answers and also review common mistakes, such as, rules for italics, footnotes, spacing, contractions, and citation to statutes and cases.  Bring your Bluebook to class! During a portion of the class journal editors will walk students through the Bluebook and all attendees will receive tabs to mark important sections and rules.

The last portion of the class, students on journal will break into their respective groups and review certain stylistic rules for that journal. This class offers an exciting opportunity for all Loyola students to attend any of the journal sessions and learn about sub & cite practices. Do not miss this opportunity to feel more confident about citation while learning about the important contribution journals provide to our profession. 

SKP-CIV-090514: Client Interviewing (Civil Practice)

Friday, September 5th (1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m) (112)

This skills class is part of the “Forward Friday” series.  Use your Friday to move your skill development forward, bolster your transcript and assist with your career endeavors! Come learn and practice the skill of relationship-centered lawyering.  Students will engage in a simulation based on a case related to civil litigation.  Essentially, students will meet a hypothetical client who is seeking representation based on a problem which will likely result in filing a civil complaint. Learn the ‘art of interviewing’ specifically how to ask questions that build trust, solicit information or reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. Two plaintiff attorneys are teaching this course to assist students with understanding how to build trust with clients and gain facts to build the legal theory.

SKP-09091114: Maritime Primer

Tuesday and Thursday, September 9th and 11th (12:30p.m. to 1:40p.m) (112)

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 adn 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. 

SKP-TRAN-091414: Client Interviewing (Transactional Practice)

Friday, September 12th (9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m) (112)

This skills class is part of the “Forward Friday” series.  Use Fridays to move your skill development forward, bolster your transcript and assist with your career endeavors! Come learn and practice the skill of relationship-centered lawyering.  Students will engage in a simulation based on a case related to Transactional Practice.  Essentially, students will meet a hypothetical client who is seeking advice  based on starting a business. Learn the ‘art of interviewing’ specifically how to ask questions that build trust, solicit information or reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. Two practitioners are coming in to teach this skills course who are skilled in transactional drafting.  This is a fun course to understand how to gather facts from the interview and then craft the necessary documents for the next stage of the process to competently represent the client.

SKP-CIV-091614: Client Interviewing (Criminal Practice)

Friday, September 16th (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m) (112)

This skills class is part of the “Forward Friday” series.  Use Fridays to move your skill development forward, bolster your transcript and assist with your career endeavors! Come learn and practice the skill of relationship-centered lawyering.  Students will engage in a simulation based on a case related to Criminal Practice.  Essentially, students will meet a hypothetical client who is seeking representation based on their problem which will likely result representing this person in a criminal setting. Learn the ‘art of interviewing’ specifically how to ask questions that build trust, solicit information or reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. Criminal practitioners will assist students in understanding how to ask the hard questions and handle difficult situations in a client interview. 

SKP-09232514: Resume and Cover Letter workshop

Tuesday, September 23rd and Thursday, September 25th (12:30p.m. to 1:45p.m) (112)

This class is designed as a self-guided audit 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 first class on Tuesday is designated toward resume review and structure.  We will walk through every aspect of the resume and discuss a variety of strategies, style techiniques and preferences to highlight your achievements, skills and experience. The second 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. 

SKP-09101114: Scholarly Writing Series (Part I)

Friday, September 26th (10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m) (405)

The Scholarly Writing Series is a three-part skills class designed over the course of three months to help students achieve their writing goals. The Series begins with a topic development class to assist students in a transition from persuasive writing to scholarly writing to understand the importance of topic selection. The next class on October 17th is designed to assist students with research skills specific to their writing topic.  The last class on November 7th allows students to present their idea and brainstorm with a group of peers to better develop their writing topic.  Students must attend all three in order to earn a skills credit.

All students are encouraged to enroll in this Series to assist in the early stages of fulfilling the writing requirement.  Additionally, the Series is designed to collaborate with fellow students who are on journal or law review and begin an initiative of scholarly writing across campus. We encourage all students to think about publishing while in law school! We are excited to offer this first of a kind skills class to our whole student body.