Loyola graduates are among the most effective trial lawyers in Chicago, and in the nation. Many graduates attribute their success to Loyola's highly regarded trial advocacy program, which offers intensive coursework and opportunities to compete in national level mock trial competitions, while also encouraging students to gain real world experience through externships and clinic work. Loyola was a pioneer in adapting the widely-recognized methodologies of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for use in training law students in trial litigation skills. This innovative teaching program, now employed by many law schools, led to Loyola's winning the Emil Gumpert Award of the American College of Trial Lawyers for excellence in teaching trial advocacy as early as 1982. Loyola now serves as the Midwest regional headquarters for NITA.
Rule 711 of the Illinois Supreme Court allows law students who have successfully completed a minimum of 51.0 credit hours to engage in the limited practice of law, under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Many students who are interested in pursuing trial advocacy utilize 711 licenses while working for organizations such as the State's Attorney or Public Defender. For further information on 711 licenses, click here.