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Skills Course Calendar

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Search for desired courses under the monthly calendar tabs below. Click on the "Enroll" link under the course description of the selected skills course and follow the prompts on the course's Canvas page to enroll. After enrolling in the skills course's Canvas page, students must also register for the course Zoom meeting by clicking on the link on the Canvas homepage. Enrollment in the course Canvas page will be closed 24 hours prior to the scheduled skills course. Students who miss the registration deadline may still attend most courses but will have to file a Motion for Skills Credit

Spring 2021 Skills Course Calendar

SKL-12221: Scholarly Writing

 Date: Friday, January 22nd     Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm     Instructor: Dean Mary Algero & Prof. Brian Barnes

This skills course is designed to help students achieve a scholarly writing goal of publishing a law review article. During the first half of the course, Dean Algero will assist students in their transition from persuasive writing to scholarly writing and impart valuable advice regarding topic selection. Prof. Barnes will assist students with techniques for conducting scholarly research and incorporating the research into their writing. All students are welcome, but this class is primarily geared towards candidates for membership in Loyola's three law journals.

Note: Students must submit a minimum 100-word topic summary in order to earn a skills credit for this course.


SKR1-20621: Interviewing Youth

 Date: Saturday, February 6th     Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm     Instructor: Prof. Linares

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: This course satisfies skills competency requirement SKR1: Client Interviewing. Students must submit a minimum 300-word topic summary in order to earn a skills credit for this course.



SKR3-SOCJ-30521: Structural Racism and the Law

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Instructors: Multiple Panelists

The Loyola Law Review in collaboration with the Journal of Public Interest Law and the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) present a symposium entitled "Structural Racism and the Law: Exploring the Laws and Policies Creating and Sustaining Oppressive Systems." Academics and legal activists from around the country will discuss the historical roots of racism in our legal institutions and how they continue to affect legal systems today. Learn what it will take to overcome the structural inequities in education rights, housing rights, criminal justice, and other areas of law. 

Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement SKR3: Cultural Competence. Students must attend at least 3 hours of the day-long symposium and submit a reflection of at least 300-words in order to receive skills credit for attending. 


SKR4-31921: Professionalism in Practice

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021     Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm      Instructors: LSBA Panelists

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. Come learn how to prevent ethical dilemmas and understand professionalism issues before such occur in real life.

Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement SKR4: Law Office Management/Professionalism. Students must submit a 300-word reflection in order to earn a skills credit for this course.


SKR2-CRIM-32621: Plea Bargaining

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021     Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm      Instructors: Chief Public Defender Derwyn Bunton

Taught by the Chief Public Defender for Orleans Parish, this skills course explores the fundamentals of negotiation in the context of criminal plea-bargaining from a defense attorney perspective. This skills course will use simulations and guided discussion based on real world examples to teach students effective negotiation strategy and tactics for reaching an agreement that advances the interest of the client. The course will also focus on the important ethical and practical considerations related to counseling criminal defense clients regarding the terms of a proposed plea deal, the waiver of their trial rights, and the mechanics and collateral consequences of entering a guilty plea.

Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement SKR2: Negotiation. Students must submit a 300-word reflection in order to earn a skills credit for this course.