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 over a dozen skills courses every semester. To see the courses that are currently available and register for them, click on the link below:
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.
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 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.
Have you met all of your skills graduation requirements? Conduct a Self Audit
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.