The Hon. Frederick J. Lower presides over a Civil Litigation Skills Practicum class.

Lawyering Skills at Loyola

The Numbers Don't Lie

While many law schools are re-evaluating their curricula based on the Carnegie report, market trends and in response to the economy, Loyola has always been a leader in lawyering skills training. Students are required to participate in four skills training course. Participating students benefit from a wide range of practical training, with lectures from practitioners and judges, including the Hon. Frederick J. Lower (ret.), Los Angeles Superior Court. As a result, Loyola's alumni outnumber alumni from other law schools in many areas impacting legal practice in Southern California and across the nation.

Partners

Loyola ranks in the top 25 nationally representation among the partnership ranks at the 100 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal in the NLJ 100, according to the Journal of Legal Education study "Where Do Partners Come From?" by Loyola Professor Ted Seto. Moreover, Loyola ranks as the No. 2 feeder school to the partner suite in the Los Angeles area.

Top Practitioners

Super Lawyers magazine has featured Loyola's prowess in its provision of lawyers who make an impact. It ranked Loyola No. 29 on its 2010 list of law schools. Additionally, Loyola had more alumni on the 2012 list of Southern California Super Lawyers than any other law school.

Judges

More judges on the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County attended Loyola Law School than any other law school. That affords students on campus -- located near the heart of the downtown Los Angeles legal scene -- the opportunity to interact with judges in class, at academic symposia and in chambers as judicial externs.

Thinking Like a Lawyer and Practical Skills Training Fully Integrated

Loyola's faculty includes experts in diverse areas of the substantive law, publishing articles in the highest ranked academic journals and peers reviews. One of the things which distinguishes Loyola's faculty from others with similar credentials is the faculty's use of their expertise in the legal community, and their seamless integration of the doctrinal expertise with practical skills training in the classroom. Moreover, there are 13 full-time faculty members who teach in the required skills curriculum.

Externships

About two-thirds to three-quarters of students (averaging about 250 students) annually participate in off-campus externship programs in judicial chambers, government agencies and public-interest law firms. The greatest percentage of students work with government agencies, followed by judicial chambers, then public interest firms. 

Curriculum designed with the "real world" in mind

Loyola's course catalog is brimming with an array of skills-training classes, including:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (4J14)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Law & Practice (4J89)   
  • Introduction to Negotiations (4J08)
  • Mediation (4J59)
  • Mediation Advocacy (4J53)
  • Mediation Advocacy Competition (7019)
  • Negotiation And Settlement (4J90)
  • Appellate Advocacy (4J12)
  • Civil Litigation Practical Workshop: Litigating Child Sex Abuse Cases (4I78)
  • Civil Litigation Skills Practicum I (4J95)
  • Civil Litigation Skills Practicum II (4J96)
  • Constitutional Law In Action: Litigating Section 1983 Civil Rights Suits (4C37)
  • Cross Examination Intensive Workshop (4J77)
  • Deposition Practice (4J74)
  • Deposition Skills Workshop (4W03)
  • Drafting Civil Trial Documents (4W12)
  • Electronic Discovery (4P16)
  • Expert Witness Seminar (4F52)
  • Fact Investigation (4D16)
  • Legal Drafting (4J26)
  • Opening And Closing Seminar (4W15)
  • Public Speaking For Lawyers (4J69)
  • Trial Advocacy (4J19)
  • Accounting for Lawyers (4B05)    
  • Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business And Venture Capital Financing (4N34)
  • Case Planning and Contract Drafting (4W07)
  • Commercial Law Drafting and Negotiation Skills Class (4B23)
  • Introduction to Negotiations (4J08)
  • Public Speaking for Lawyers (4J69)