Skill Session

The Session is a two-week long professional skills training program for all law students, 1L to 3L.   Each instructor teaches a 3-credit course focused not on substantive doctrine, but on the performance of lawyering tasks – drafting transactional documents, arguing motions, interviewing clients, preparing expert witnesses, etc.  The classes meet four to five hours per day for ten days:  Monday through Friday from January 5 to 16 of 2015.

For more information about teaching in the Skill Session, download the Skill Session Information for Prospective Instructors, or e-mail Matthew R. Hall, Senior Associate Dean.


To apply to teach in the Skill Session, download the Skill Session Application.

Courses Offered in 2015

All 1Ls:

Contract Negotiation and Drafting

Electives for 2Ls and 3Ls:
Agriculture Law Practicum Urbanek
Chancery Court Practice Chaney
Civil Trial Practice ABOTA
College Sports Law Practicum Rychlak
Criminal Trial Practice Hall, J.
Elder Law Workshop Courtney
Employment Law Drafting and Litigating Holladay
Entertainment Law Workshop Frascogna
How to Do a Film Deal Modak-Truran
International Business Transaction Skills Eliason
International Law Workshop: Making Sanctions Work LeCroy
Judicial Clerking Kline
Lawyers as Entrepreneurs Luckett
Litigating Religious Liberty Cases Roy
Litigating a Criminal Case Ishee
Municipal Law Practice Griffith
Real Estate Practice Howell
Sentencing Skills Williams
The Strategic Lawyer Griffis
Wills and Trusts Drafting Fruge

Full Course Descriptions 

Instructors for 2015

  • William W. Berry III

    Associate Professor of Law and Frank Montague, Jr. Professor of Legal Studies and Professionalism; Director, Cambridge Summer Abroad Program

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    Mercer E. Bullard

    Butler Snow Lecturer and Professor of Law

  • Jim Carroll

    Adjunct Professor and Senior Counsel, Carroll, Warren & Parker

  • Diala Chaney

    Adjunct Professor and Senior Attorney for the Department of Human Services

  • Benjamin P. Cooper

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Law, and Frank Montague, Jr. Professor of Legal Studies and Professionalism

  • Rick Courtney

    Adjunct Professor and Partner at Frascogna Courtney

  • Antonia Eliason

    Assistant Professor of Law

  • Molly Fergusson

    Acting Assistant Professor of Law and Legal Writing Specialist

  • Mike Frascogna

    Adjunct Professor and Partner at Frascogna Courtney

  • Don Fruge

    Professor Emeritus

  • Kenny Griffis

    Adjunct Professor and Presiding Judge, Mississippi Court of Appeals

  • Ben Griffith

    Adjunct Professor and Principal, Griffith Law Firm

  • Jacinta Hall

    Adjunct Professor and Assistant Public Defender with the Law Office of the Shelby County Public Defender

  • Victoria Holladay

    Adjunct Professor and Partner at Ford Harrison

  • Sabrina Howell

    Adjunct Professor and Attorney at Sabrina D. Howell Law Firm

  • David Ishee

    Adjunct Faculty and Judge, Mississippi Court of Appeals

  • Parker Kline

    Adjunct Professor and Staff Attorney for Hon. Sharion Aycock, U.S. District Court, Aberdeen, MS

  • Jessica LeCroy

    Adjunct Professor

  • Bill Luckett

    Adjunct Professor and Partner at Luckett Tyner

  • Anita Modak-Truran

    Adjunct Professor and Partner at Butler Snow

  • Brenda Tanner Redfern

    Adjunct Professor and Attorney, Biggs, Ingram & Solop, PLLC

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    Lisa Shaw Roy

    Professor of Law and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr., Lecturer

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    Ronald J. Rychlak

    Professor of Law, Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government, and Faculty Athletics Representative

  • David Sanders

    Adjunct Professor and U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

  • Amanda Urbanek

    Adjunct Professor and Deputy Assistant Director for the USDA National Appeals Division’s Southern Region

  • Jim Warren

    Adjunct Professor and Member, Carroll, Warren & Parker

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    C. Jackson Williams

    Acting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing and Legal Writing Specialist