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Skills Course Calendar

ATTENTION: ALL SKILLS COURSES HAVE BEEN CANCELED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING 2020 SEMESTER. IF YOU ARE A GRADUATING STUDENT WHO STILL NEEDS CREDITS TO COMPLETE YOUR SKILLS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT, PLEASE EMAIL PROF. LINARES AT HALINARE@LOYNO.EDU. 

 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Search for desired courses under the monthly calendar tabs below. Click on the "Register" link under the course description of the selected skills course. 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. Students who miss the registration deadline may still attend most courses but will have to file a Motion for Skills Credit


Spring 2020 Skills Course Calendar

 

SKL-CRIM-012420: Developing a Theory of Defense 

(Friday, January 24, 2020) (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) (Law School Building Room 111)

The theory of the case is the central organizing principle that drives any litigation by combing facts,reasons, and arguments to furnish the basic position from which one determines every action in the trial.This course teaches students to develop a persuasive defense theory in criminal cases and how to utilize that theory effectively throughout the life of the case. The instructor will use exercises and examples from real criminal cases to teach valuable skills applicable to civil litigation and criminal prosecution as well.

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SKR1-MAR-012520: Maritime Interviewing

(Saturday, January 25, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (Law School Building Room 111)

This course will teach students to prepare for and conduct client interviews in the context of maritime law practice. Learn techniques and strategies for asking questions that build trust, solicit sensitive and vital information, and reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their interviewing skills through simulation exercises based on scenarios involving Jones Act and the Longshore Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

Note: This course satisfies skills requirement SKR1: Client Interviewing

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SKR3-020120: French Language & Legal Culture

(Saturday, February 1, 2020)​ ​(9:00 am – 12:00 pm)​ ​(Law School Building Room​ ​111)
Knowledge of French language, culture, and legal traditions can be very beneficial to attorneys, particularly in Louisiana. Whether you are representing a Francophone client, conducting primary research in the Code Civil, or practicing international law before one of the many international tribunals that operate in French, learning the language of international diplomacy can positively impact your legal practice. Students who attend will have fun learning key French legal terms and phrases from a native speaker with decades of experience teaching French at the university-level. An experienced Francophone attorney will also present on how Louisiana's French legal traditions are still relevant to today's practice, and in the final part of the course students will explore the differences between the French and U.S. legal system and professional culture.

Note: This course satisfies skills requirement SKR3: Cultural Competence. Requires submission of 300-word reflection paper to receive skills credit.

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SKL-SOCJ-020720: JPIL Symposium  - How to Change the System through Movement Lawyering: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform in the South

(Friday, February 7, 2020) (Time and Room TBD)

Earn skills credit for attending at least three sessions of the Journal of Public Interest Law's symposium on movement lawyering as a vehicle for systemic change. The focus of the symposium will be on reform efforts in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Note: No prior registration necessary. Symposium organizers will provide an attendance verification form for submission

SKR2-021420: Negotiation

(Friday, February 14, 2020) (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (Law School Building Room 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 requirement SKR2: Negotiation

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SKR4-03030520: Ethical Practice in Entertainment Law

(Tues. & Thurs., March 3 & 5, 2020) (12:30 – 1:45 pm) (Law School Building Room 111)
An experienced entertainment law attorney will teach students to navigate the ethical and professional concerns unique to serving creators and artists in the music industry and protecting their intellectual property rights. Learn about the special ethical considerations that must be taken into account when drafting engagement letters, conflict waivers, and fee arrangements as well as in scenarios common to the complex negotiations for which this area of law is known.

Note: This course satisfies skills requirement SKR4: Law Office Management/Professionalism

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SKL-SOCJ-030620: Law Review Symposium - Climate Justice: The Moral & Legal Imperative of the Climate Crisis

(Friday, March 6, 2020) (Time and Room Number TBD)

Earn skills credit for attending at least three sessions of the Loyola Law Review's symposium on climate justice. In the fifteenth anniversary year of Hurricane Katrina and a crucial election year, this symposium will highlight the connection between institutional discrimination and the disproportionate distribution of climate harms and identify the changes needed in various areas of law and policy to ensure that our most vulnerable communities are no longer ignored or "sacrificed" in the face of the climate crisis. 

Note: No prior registration necessary. Symposium organizers will provide an attendance verification form for submission


SKR3-03101220: Immigration Bond Advocacy

(Tuesday/Thursday, March 10 & 12) (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm) (Law School Building Room 111)

Learn the skills needed to represent detained immigrants effectively while advocating for their release on bond. Experienced immigration attorneys from Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy will teach students the law and strategies for persuasive advocacy in these types of proceedings. Students will also learn the skills needed to overcome obstacles related to differences in culture and language as well as the systemic barriers within the immigration system that make this type of representation so challenging.

Note: This course satisfies skills requirement SKR3: Cultural Competence. Requires submission of 300-word reflection paper to receive skills credit.

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SKL-MAR-031320: Maritime Law Symposium 

(Friday, March 13, 2020) (Time and Location TBD)

Receive skills credit for attending at least three sessions of the Maritime Law Journal's symposium on Punitive Damages in Maritime Law.

Note: No prior registration necessary. Symposium organizers will provide an attendance verification form for submission


SKR4-032020: Professionalism in Practice

(Friday, March 20, 2020) (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (Law School Building Room 111)

The LSBA Committee on the Profession presents this course focused 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, a panel of experienced practitioners and judges will guide the discussion on how to best handle difficult situations. Learn to prevent ethical dilemmas, navigate complex issues of professionalism, and avoid common pitfalls for young attorneys.

Note: This course satisfies skills requirement SKR4: Law Office Management/Professionalism

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SKL-CIV-032020: Demonstrative Evidence

(Friday, March 20, 2019) (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM) (Law School Building Room 111)

This skills course will teach students when and how to use demonstrative evidence in various forms to argue their position in mediation, motions hearings, and in trials. The students will learn high tech and low tech methods and tools to help persuade lawyers, claim handlers, judges, and juries. Students will receive instruction on the use of physical evidence, tangible blow-ups, court audio and visual systems, laptops, tablets, Power Point/Key Note software, and other trial presentation software.

Note: Refreshments will be provided

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SKR4-03242720: Careers in Environmental Law

(Class – Tuesday, March 24, 2020; 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm; Broadway Building 134) (Interviews – Friday, March 27; Time & Location TBD)​ ​
This course will teach students the skills they need to seek careers in environmental law. Students will learn about the many types of positions available in environmental law, including those rooted in both litigation and policy work. The seminar will teach students how to write effective cover letters and tailor their resumes to maximize their chances of obtaining environmental legal positions. Students will also learn and practice successful techniques for environmental law job interviews and then sign up for mock interviews with environmental lawyers from various agencies, organizations, and law firms to be held throughout the day on Friday, March 27th.

Note: This course satisfies skills requirement SKR4: Law Office Management/Professionalism. Enrollment is limited to first 15 students

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SKL-032720: Banking Sector Regulatory Compliance

(Friday, March 27, 2020) (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (Clinic Building Room 114)

This class will introduce students to the compliance industry. The focus of the class is specific to banking and financial institutions, but compliance reaches many different areas of practice. From the Federal Reserve to the EPA, OSHA to the Transportation Safety Board, and the SEC to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, everything requires compliance professionals who understand the legal and regulatory framework. Come explore this alternative career route little-known to many law students.

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SKR1-CIV-040320: Client Interviewing in Civil Practice

(Friday, April 3, 2020) (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (Law School Building Room 111)

This course will teach students to prepare for and conduct client interviews in a wide variety of contexts within civil litigation practice. Learn techniques and strategies for asking questions that build trust, solicit sensitive and vital information, and reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their interviewing skills through simulation exercises based on common interviewing scenarios.

Note: This course satisfies SKR1: Client Interviewing

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SKR2-040420: Transformative Mediation

(Saturday, April 4, 2020) (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (Law School Building Room 111)

Transformative Mediation is based on the principles of empowerment of both participants and the recognition of the other participant's values (what's important to them), feelings, and topics (things they would like to make a plan about). Students will learn skills such as active listening, managing differences, understanding facilitative and transformative mediation, and recognizing the complexity in a mediation process.

Note: Satisfies skills requirement SKR2: Negotiation. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

THIS LIMITED ENROLLMENT COURSE IS NOW FULL & REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST, PLEASE EMAIL PROF. LINARES AT HALINARE@LOYNO.EDU. IF YOU ARE ENROLLED AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND, PLEASE INFORM PROF. LINARES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO HE CAN OFFER ENROLLMENT TO STUDENTS ON THE WAITING LIST.


 

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