The Skills Curriculum
For over three decades the Skills Curriculum has been a one-of-a-kind experiential learning program providing Loyola law students with hands-on training in the performance of practical lawyering tasks and building their competency in fundamental legal skills. Instructors drawn from a talented pool of practicing attorneys, judges, and professors teach more than a dozen skills courses each semester in a wide variety of legal practice areas. The skills curriculum is where specialists in their field teach students how to draft a will, depose a witness in a maritime Jones Act case, interview a juvenile client, conduct difficult negotiations, deliver persuasive opening statements, create a contract for a real estate transaction, and so much more. Skills courses typically last for three hours over the course of one or two days, are ungraded, and appear on a student’s transcript under institutional coursework. To assist students in selecting topics of interest, skills courses are often categorized into Civil, Criminal, Maritime, Social Justice, and Transactional “career tracks."
Skills Course Calendar & Registration
The Office of Skills & Experiential Learning (OSEL) offers many skills courses every semester. To see the courses that are currently available and register for them, click on the link below:
NOTE: All skills courses are being offered as live (synchronous) online courses via Zoom until social distancing restrictions due to the pandemic are lifted.
Everything you need to know about the policies and procedures governing the skills curriculum, the awarding of skills credits, and the skills graduation requirement.
Skills Graduation Audit
Access instructions for conducting a Self-Audit and verifying its accuracy with the Office of Skills & Experiential Learning.
Skills Curriculum At A Glance
Students may take an unlimited number of skills courses but must earn a minimum of 8 skills credits, including one credit in each of the four required skills competencies:
SKR1) Client Interviewing
SKR3) Cultural Competence
SKR4) Law Office Management/Professionalism
Skills courses may cover general lawyering skills applicable across practice types or may be more narrowly-tailored to focus on tasks and competencies required in a particular area of practice falling under one of the five "career tracks" listed above.