Skills Curriculum Courses

Skills Curriculum Requirement

Skills credits are separate and apart from academic credit. Both skills credit and academic credit, however, are required for graduation. Much like academic credit, skills credit and grades appear on a student’s official transcript.  The grading system for skills courses are as follows:  “HS” for highly skilled; “S” for Satisfactory; and “DS” for deficiently skilled.  A student who earns a “DS” will not earn a skills credit and the grade will remain on the student’s transcript.  A student may, however, retake the course to earn a passing skills grade and credit.

Currently, the Skills Curriculum is under a period of review and revision.  Each student will be notified of the procedural changes to the skills program.  Students may visit the skills webpage or contact the Coordinator of Skills and Experiential Learning for more detail.

The changes to the Skills program shall be effective accordingly:

A. Students admitted before the 2012-2013 school year
Students admitted prior to 2012-2013 are still required to earn eight skills credits to be certified for graduation.  Students are subject to the new procedural rules regarding attendance, registration and grade policy for skills courses as announced on the Skills webpage.

B. Students admitted as 1L’s for the 2012-2013 school year.
For students entering in the Fall of 2012, the requirement for skills courses will be announced second semester of your 1L year.  Students are subject to the procedural rules regarding attendance, registration and grade policy for skills courses as announced on the Skills webpage.

The Skills Curriculum Courses

The skills curriculum allows students an opportunity to experiment, assess and develop certain skills necessary for the practice of law.  The courses are presented in two models:  a lecture series and experiential learning practicum, both of which are taught by practicing attorneys and judges.  Courses offered in the lecture series are worth less skills credits but provide an overview of practical aspects about a specific area of law.  The practicum series is designed like a lab. Students are expected to come to a practicum prepared and ready to engage in experiential learning.  During a practicum, practitioners and judges will observe and review the student’s performance and then offer explanatory critiques on how to improve certain skills.  Because practicum offer a more intensive experience, a more skills credits are earned upon their successful completion.

Again, each student should be aware of the new rules, policies and procedures for Skills courses.  The course schedule will be announced and posted at the beginning of each semester.