Loyola University Chicago

Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy

School of Law

Advocacy Certificate

Requirements for the JD Certificate in Advocacy

The study of trial advocacy at Loyola begins with courses required of all students in their first and second years. All law students take a first year legal writing course, which teaches them how to conduct legal research, how apply that research as they write legal memoranda and brief, and how to construct and deliver an oral argument. In the fall of their second year, students continue to hone their written and oral skills in the advocacy course, also required of all law students.

From these beginning courses, students may decide to further their studies in advocacy.  In order to qualify for the certificate, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 18 credits from a menu of designated courses found on the application.  Students must also attend an Advocacy Center extra-curricular event.  Students must have an average of 3.0 or above in the advocacy certificate curriculum in order to receive the certificate and transcript designation.

The mission of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy is to develop and educate ethical advocates for justice and the rule of law that are conscientious, persuasive and highly effective in their representation of clients across diverse practice environments.  

Before submitting an application, please review and consult the Center’s Learning Outcomes and Competencies for the JD Certificate in Advocacy (application found within).

Questions regarding the Advocacy Certificate should be directed to Gina Gerardi, Assistant Director of the Center for Advocacy, at ggerardi@luc.edu