Legal Skills and Values

LSV at FIU Law

The program consists of three required courses – LSV I, LSV II, and LSV III – that use simulated “real life” legal problems to teach students how to recognize and address legal issues from inception through resolution. Throughout all three courses, faculty members emphasize the importance of professionalism to being an effective attorney.

Students in FIU’s Legal Skills and Values Program learn the keys to effective lawyering: legal analysis, research, writing, oral communication, and professionalism.

In LSV I, students learn to locate, read, understand, and apply primary and secondary sources of law, as they prepare two predictive office memoranda that respond to specific legal issues. In addition to this written work, students practice oral communication skills by reporting their research findings and analysis to LSV faculty members acting as supervising attorneys.

Students continue to develop their research, analytical, and communication skills in LSV II, as they shift their focus from objective communication to persuasive writing and oral advocacy. Specifically, students hone their skills by preparing appellate briefs and delivering oral arguments to multi-judge appellate panels.

The LSV III curriculum builds upon the research, analysis, and communication foundation that students developed in the first two courses. Assignments in LSV III include cover letters and resumes, contracts, client and attorney correspondence, negotiations, and pretrial motions and memoranda.

Throughout the three LSV courses, students have numerous opportunities to draft and revise their written work and to practice and develop their oral communication skills, with extensive assistance and feedback from their LSV professors. After completing the required LSV courses, many students expand their lawyering skills experience by taking additional skills electives, including clinical courses, Appellate Procedure I, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Interviewing and Counseling, Pre-trial Practice, and Trial Practice, and by participating in co–curricular activities such as Law Review and the Board of Advocates.

Teaching Assistants

The LSV program welcomes applications for teaching assistants for LSV I and LSV II for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Teaching assistants work directly with the LSV professors and students, fulfilling various responsibilities including mentoring students, holding office hours, presiding over practice oral arguments, and preparing background memoranda on LSV legal simulation assignments.  We encourage all interested students to apply.

In order to be eligible for a TA position, you must have completed both LSV I and LSV II.  The positions are open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

The position IS compensated.  We anticipate that TAs will work an average of fifteen hours per week.

Application Materials:

  1. Cover letter (see below)
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript (unofficial is fine)
  4. Writing sample
  5. Anticipated class schedule for Fall 2017 (required only if you are applying for an LSV I position)

In your cover letter or in a separate document, please include the following information:

  • Why you want to be a TA
  • Which professors you had for LSV I and LSV II (and LSV III, if applicable, but you do NOT need to have had LSV III in order to serve as a TA)
  • Whether you are available to work with both daytime and evening classes, only daytime classes (1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. M/W or T/Th), or only evening classes (6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m. T/Th)
  • Whether you prefer to work with daytime classes, evening classes, or you have no preference
  • Whether you are applying for Fall 2017 LSV I, Spring 2018 LSV II, you have no preference between the two classes, and/or that you would like to be considered for both classes.

Please e-mail your application materials to me at marciros@fiu.edu

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