Skills Curriculum Courses

The skills curriculum requires students to obtain training in essential lawyering skills before graduation.  The courses are designed to provide students with an opportunity to experiment, assess and develop certain skills necessary for the practice of law in related areas of interest. Skills instructors include judges, practitioners and professors who provide practical training in specific areas of law.

Academic Requirement

All students upon graduation must be skill certified which includes successful completion of eight skill courses. Effective Fall 2014, all students entering Loyola Law must successfully complete the following required skill courses: 1) Client Interviewing and Counseling; 2) Negotiation; 3) Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Skills; and 4) Law Office Management and Professionalism.

Practice Tracks

Effective Fall 2014, all students entering Loyola will have the option to complete their skill requirement in one of four practice tracks: Civil Practice, Criminal Practice, Transactional Practice and Social Justice Practice. The practice tracks allow students to develop skills in a continuum similar to practice. 

Grading and Transcript

All skills courses appear on a student's official transcript. Some skills courses are graded based on an assignment or skill development. Skills grades are separate from academic grades and will not impact a students cumulative GPA. Skills grades include "HS" - highly skilled; "S" - satisfactorily skilled; and "DS"- deficiently skilled.  A "DS" grade will not receive skill credit, but will remain on a student's transcript.

The "Local Rules"

The syllabus outlining procedures for enrollment, registration, attendance, withdrawal, grading, assignments and expectations are outlined by the skill's office "Local Rules."  Similar to practice in local court, students are presumed to have read and understand the "Local Rules" governing the skills curriculum.

Earning Skills Credit through Continuing Legal Education

On a limited basis, students are able to earn skill credit by attending a professional Continuing Legal Education presentation.  Some CLE's hosted by Loyola's CLE office are pre-approved for skills credit. Other CLE's may count for skill credit, but pre-approval is needed from the Coordinator of the Office of Skills and Experiential Learning.

To see specific course descriptions and skill instructors, please visit www.loyno.edu/lawskills.