Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Appellate Advocacy Honors Program

The Loyola Appellate Advocacy Honors Program is designed to assist in the training and preparation of the law school's inter- school moot court competition teams. All students on teams meet for two hours every week in both the fall semester and the spring semester in a structured course which addresses the issues of writing briefs and developing oral advocacy skills. Several distinguished speakers address the teams during the classes. Essential skills, both oral and written, fundamental to all competitions are the focus of the program. Particularly in the spring semester the class time is used as a workshop to allow students the opportunity to work on oral advocacy skills in preparation for competition once the briefs are written and submitted.

Currently, Loyola fields approximately 20 moot court competition teams. The competitions include regional, national and international levels and cover both general and specialty areas of the law. Faculty, alumni and other members of the bar serve as coaches for the team. The Honors Program is run by a Moot Court Board consisting of a chief justice and three additional members, along with an advisor.