Loyola participates in several alternative dispute resolution competitions and the client counseling competition. For these competitions, students compete within the school for positions on teams. Students who represent Loyola receive supervision and training by members of the faculty as well as the practicing bar, and they are eligible to receive academic credit for their participation.
ABA Negotiation Competition
Loyola teams consistently excel in the ABA Negotiation Competition, and based upon performance over the past four years, the team was invited in 2012 to participate in the WNR2012 international negotiation competition in Warsaw, Poland along with teams from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Loyola's team was selected as one of two U.S. teams from a field of 37 U.S. law schools. The Negotiation Team is coached by Adjunct Professors Jamie Michel, Ethan Zelizer, John Liston, and Jennifer Woods.
International Mediation Competition
Loyola students on the mediation team participate each spring in the International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) international mediation competition. The international round of the competition rotates every other year between Loyola and locations outside of the U.S.. Loyola hosted in 2010, 2012, and 2014 and Loyola students traveled to London and Dublin in 2011 and 2013. In 2015 the team will again travel to London and in 2016 the competition returns to Loyola with 60 teams expected from around the world.
Over the three day competition, students get a chance to play the roles of mediator, attorney and client and to experience mediation and negotiation skills across many cultures. They also receive additional training in mediation, mediation advocacy and cross-cultural issues from experienced practitioners. Loyola teams have done very well in the competition, taking home trophies for the top slots for both mediation and advocacy skills as well as individual mediator awards. The third place trophy for mediation skills in 2011 at the London competition, winning second place for mediation skills out of 46 teams from around the world in 2012 at Loyola, and taking home trophies as semifinalists and individual second place mediator (Tanya Woods) in Dublin.
Each year, Loyola competes in the Willem C. Vis International Moot Arbitration Competition. Sponsored by Pace Law School, the Vis Moot is an international competition based on a problem governed by the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Loyola sends students to compete in both the Vis Moot, which is held in Vienna, Austria, and in its sister competition, the Vis Moot (East), held in Hong Kong. Loyola took first place at the Hong Kong competition in 2014 and has an impressive record of success at both competitions.
Students who wish to compete in either of the competitions on behalf of Loyola must register for the International Commercial Arbitration and the CISG course. More information about the Vis Moot is on the Pace Law School.
Loyola has moved into the forefront of Chicago law schools preparing students for the international legal environment by hosting an annual Vis Pre-Moot, which is co-sponsored by the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association (CIDRA), and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The Pre-Moot serves as a practice moot for student teams going to the Vis International Moot Arbitration Competition in Vienna and Hong Kong. Students who participate in the Pre-Moot are predominantly from schools in the midwest, although teams from Canada and California have also participated. The arbitrators come from as far away as England, Toronto, and New York. The event is organized by Professor Margaret Moses and Loyola Dispute Resolution Program alumnus Melissa Bocker.
Other Student Skills Competitions
Loyola has also competed successfully over the years in other professional skills competitions including the ABA Client Counseling Competition, where Loyola was a regional finalist in 2013 and 2014.