Loyola University Chicago

Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy

School of Law

1L Advocacy Requirements

1L Advocacy Requirements

All first year students are required to attend two advocacy events during the course of the year in order to expose them to various aspects of the litigation process and prepare them for upper level courses.

First, each student must serve as a juror at one of the final trials of the upperclassmen in the Trial Practice courses. 1Ls are given an opportunity to observe a full-length trial, and to render a verdict. Students have several dates each year on which they may complete this requirement - final trials are held in November, January, April and May. To sign up for a Jury Duty date, click here.

The Jury Duty Dates for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

-Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:30am-1:00pm
-Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 5:45pm-8:30pm
-Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8:30am-1:00pm
-Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:45pm-8:30pm
*Another Saturday date in April 2017 should be an option soon, official date and time is TBA

There are limits to how many students may sign up for each day, and all students are required to complete this activity, so please sign up for a date as soon as possible.

Second, each student must observe one round of an appellate argument or serve as a bailiff at an approved moot court competition.  This allows first year students to observe the appellate process.   

You may fulfill this appellate advocacy requirement by serving as a bailiff at the Windy City Moot Court Regional Tournament on:

-Friday, November 11, 2016 at 1:00pm, 2:30pm or 4:00pm
-Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm or 2:30pm

Sign up here:  http://www.luc.edu/law/centers/advocacy/1L_bailiff.html 

Another opportunity to fulfill this appellate advocacy requirement will be to bailiff at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Midwest Regional Competition scheduled for February 9-12, 2017.  Official times are TBA.

A final opportunity to fulfill this requirement will be to bailiff a round or observe the Final round of the Loyola Law Intra-School Moot Court Competition as second year students compete against each other in rounds of oral arguments.  This competition is scheduled for February 22-25, 2017 with official times TBA. 

Please note that your 1L class rank will be withheld until both advocacy requirements (trial and appellate) are completed.