Loyola encourages its students to pursue their interests in advocacy by facilitating their exposure to settings in which the students will be participating in actual cases.
Three of Loyola's clinical programs involve students directly in entire range of the litigation process - from client interviewing and counseling, through negotiations with parties on the other side, to pre-trial strategies involving motion practice and discovery, through litigation if necessary, and perhaps on through appeals. The Civitas ChildLaw Clinic represents children and families in cases of child protection and foster care, child custody and juvenile delinquency. The Community Law Center Clinic represents individuals who cannot otherwise afford a lawyer, in cases that may involve government benefits, landlord-tenant disputes, and other civil matter. The Federal Tax Clinic represents clients who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
Loyola's Criminal Law Externship allows students to work in the offices of the State's Attorney of Cook County and the Cook County Public Defender to gain hands-on experience in the practice of criminal law, for the prosecution or for the defense.
Some members of Loyola's faculty occasionally accept the criminal cases of indigent prisoners on appeal. They select students to work with them on these appeals, as practicums; for example, the Appellate Practicum and the Criminal Appellate Practicum. Students in those situations may conduct interviews, prepare motions and other pleadings, and on occasion may even argue the appeal before an appellate court.
In other situations, faculty members involve students in other advocacy work that they pursue, such as mediation. These too are considered practicums.