Skills Curriculum Courses

The Loyola skills curriculum offers courses that teach the practical lawyering skills that students will need to effectively do the work of their lifetime. Skills curriculum courses are completed in one to four class meetings and are scheduled each semester. Practicing attorneys and judges teach the courses which are designed to provide an overview of specific areas of the law.


Each student is required to earn eight skills credits to be certified for graduation by the skills curriculum office. The required eight skills credits should be distributed with two courses in each of the first four categories for a total of eight credits.

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Category I—Factual Investigation and Counseling
Pretrial Practice Skills
Developing Deposition Skills
Advanced Legal Research Skills
Creative Problem Solving
Documents Drafting
Foreign and International Legal Research
Advocacy and Strategy in Government Regulatory Affairs
Construction Law: Handling Cases Under the LA Private Works Act
Drafting Corporate Documents
Using the Internet for Legal Research
Pleadings Drafting
Computer Fundamentals for Computer Assisted Legal Research
How to Write a Will
Drafting Corporate Documents
Basics of Mergers & Acquisitions
Creditors' Rights
Statutory & Regulatory Legal Research
The Last Transaction Hero - LA Sales Tax

Dual Skills and Academic Credit
Law Clinic
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance—VITA

Category II—Trial Practice Skills

Quantum Theory—Valuing the Case
Developing the Theory of the Case
Handling the Criminal Case
The Expert Witness in Court
Demonstrative Evidence
Demonstrative Evidence II
Using Evidence at Trial
Motion Practice
Appellate Practice
Louisiana Class Action Litigation
Representing a Defendant in Federal Court
Winning in the Beginning - Power, Passion, &
Persuasion in the Opening Statement
Advocacy for the Ages - Talk to the Generations
Opening Statements - Winning in the Beginning

Lawyers in the Great Tradition
The Argument of an Appeal
Courts in Action
Intensive Trial Training Workshop
Family Law
Louisiana Class Action Litigation
Personal Injury – Plaintiff vs Defense – 2 Views
Trial Tactics
Domestic Violence – Judicial Responsibilities & Perspectives

Dual Skills and Academic Credit
Trial Advocacy I—same as LAW L861
Law Clinic

Category III—Communication and Negotiation
Courtroom Communication Skills
Courtroom Performance Workshop
Negotiation Techniques Workshop
Entertainment Law Negotiation
Arbitration Skills Workshop
Mediation Skills Workshop
Mock Mediation Workshop
Real Estate Licensing Workshop
Closing the Real Estate Transaction
Legal Letters – Communication for Lawyers
The Art of Persuasion
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Fundamentals of Arbitration
Ethical Dilemmas to On-Line Marketing-from blogs to Twitter
First Amendment Issues Facing the Media
Handling Employee Benefits Claims
Real Estate Transaction Workshop

Dual Skills and Academic Credit
Mediation and Arbitration—LAW 817
Law Clinic

Category IV—Administrative Board and Office Management
Handling Bankruptcy Claims
Handling the Social Security Case
Handling the Title VII Case
Handling Claims Under the ADA
Handling the Medical Malpractice Case
Handling the Longshore Case - Making Sense of Administrative Soup
Practice and Procedures Before Administrative Boards
5300 Reasons for Handling the Social Security Case
The Professional in Practice (Required Skills Course)
Law Office Management
Technology and the Law Office: Beyond Word Processing
Screening the Medical Malpractice Case
Scientific Meets Socratic Method
How to Go Solo form Scratch
Digital Lawyering - How to Become Paperless

Dual Skills and Academic Credit
Law Clinic

Category V—Skills Electives
How to Write for the Bar Exam Duty Risk in Louisiana Tort Law