As the credit name suggests, Skills courses are focused on the practical, nuts and bolts of how to do things as a lawyer. These courses can be focused in any area of the law, but frequently include trial prep and oral argument strategies, contract drafting techniques, and client communication skills. This credit requirement in New York speaks to the much discussed question of whether law schools are training students how to be lawyers who will be valuable attorneys from their first day.
How can I take my Skills credits?
In normal times, newly admitted attorneys are required to take their Skills credits in person, at Bridge the Gap events. Right now, however, the extended order allows newly admitted attorneys to take online via live webcast, teleconference, and videoconference - essentially, any online format where the attorney is able to interact with the presenter by asking questions.
Sarah graduated from Simon's Rock College in 2005 with a BA in Linguistics, then worked in events production for several years before she graduated from New York Law School in 2012. Before joining Lawline, she worked in litigation management as a legal auditor. She loves working as a program attorney as it combines her legal knowledge and production background. She has two kids, two cats, and loves public transit and rainy days.