FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
School of Law Communication Director
Loyola University Chicago School of Law to Offer
Practical Skills Boot Camp for Third-Year Law Students
Unique Training Program to Prepare Law Students for Real Life Practice
CHICAGO, March 12, 2012—Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law is pleased to announce the launch of its first 3L Boot Camp, a three-day intensive program for third-year law students to provide practical skills training in an effort to better prepare students for the practice of law post-graduation.
Loyola law alumna Desiree Moore (JD ’05), an adjunct faculty member and founding president of Greenhorn Legal, LLC, created the boot camp workshop several years ago while working as an associate at a large Chicago law firm. Working with Marianne Deagle, assistant dean for career services at Loyola, Moore tailored the boot camp program to meet the specific needs of Loyola students.
“The goal of the program is to equip new lawyers with the personal skills, practical skills, and business sense to enable them to assimilate into the legal community and contribute meaningfully to their legal practices from day one,” says Moore.
The program will utilize live and interactive lectures along with video clips of seasoned practitioners and judges. Discussion topics cover professionalism, relationship building, mentoring, time management, e-mail and letter writing etiquette, and contributing effectively in a team environment. The program will also offer in-depth litigation and transactional training, including the skills of drafting motions, making court appearances, performing due diligence, and contributing to corporate deals. Most importantly, the training will expose law students to contemporary ethical considerations, involving social media, marketing a legal practice, and managing the accompanying stress of a demanding legal career.
“Offering this unique skills training program to 3Ls, so they are better prepared for the real-life practice of law and hopefully able to gain an edge in the job-search process, is a definite win for all,” says Michael Kaufman, associate dean of academics at Loyola.
The 3L Boot Camp program, offered to 90 third-year Loyola law students during spring semester, was filled to capacity within 24 hours of opening enrollment. The program will take place at Loyola’s School of Law March 23–25.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, business law, child and family law, health law, rule of law for development, and tax law. In addition, the school offers the Master of Jurisprudence for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, and health law, as well as two doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw).
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.