Earning a law degree at Loyola is more than just knowing the law. It is acquiring all the skills necessary to be an effective attorney no matter what type of law you chose to practice.
The Office of Skills and Experiential Learning (OSEL) was created to bring a more comprehensive approach to legal education by supplementing coursework with skills training taught by attorneys, judges and professors. Students are required to take a minimum of eight of these free courses so you can focus less on a grade and more on acquiring and refining your skills. This office also coordinates externships for students to get practical experience in federal and state judicial offices, governmental agencies and public service organizations.
Students should first review the Local Rules pertaining to Skill Courses to understand how to register and the expected conduct. Next, see the Skills Calendar for information about each course. Last, enroll via Blackboard, sign the official registration sheet and have fun!
Another important responsibility of OSEL is overseeing externships which provide incredible opportunities to learn in context. Students are mentored by a professor and field placement supervisor to guide through the rigor and expectations of practice. Students must apply for an externship by specific deadlines. Do not miss the opportunity! Although, we cannot guarantee a placement for all students, we encourage all to apply.
Before the first day of classes begin for the Spring semester, the Office of Skills and Experiential Learning host a Professionalism Convocation ceremony for 1L's. The ceremony is to provide a time and space to reconvene as a class and focus on an orientation into the profession. Many times, the fall orientation is consumed with academic success messages. Although academic success is an important aspect to the law school experience, it is not the only measure of success in the profession. The ceremony provides a time to reflect upon the various career pathways many attorneys create for themselves and analyzes how they define success. This past year we partnered with the Louisiana Bar Association Committee on the Profession to connect students and practitioners based on areas of interest. Every year the ceremony includes a guest judge who provides opening remarks and also administers the Student Professionalism Oath. See past ceremonies.