Loyola has a history of dedication to the art of appellate advocacy. Loyola students receive intensive training in the appellate process through coursework and participation in regional, national, and international appellate advocacy competitions. Students are also offered the opportunity to gain practical experience by assisting Professors who sometimes accept the cases of indigent prisoners on appeal. Students selected to contribute to these cases may conduct interviews, prepare motions and other pleadings, and, on occasion, may even argue the appeal before an appellate court.
Loyola's Moot Court Program, praised as one of the strongest and most successful in the nation, offers intensive training in oral and written appellate advocacy skills, preparing students who will represent Loyola at some of the most prestigious regional, national, and international appellate advocacy competitions. The program is run by a Moot Court Board consisting of a Chief Justice and three additional Co-Justices, along with an advisor from the administration.
Students are selected to compete on Moot Court teams by the members of the Moot Court Board, who evaluate briefs submitted by applicants, and assess each applicant's oral argument skills. With over 200 applicants each year vying for only 55 positions, admission into the program is highly competitive. Students who demonstrate exceptional oral and written advocacy skills will be invited to represent Loyola at competitions. Members of all Loyola teams are prepared for competition through the Honors Appellate Advocacy Program, an intensive course focusing on advanced legal research, advanced brief writing, oral arguments, and aspects of appellate procedure. Currently, Loyola sends more than 20 teams to competitions each year, and has an outstanding record of success.
Loyola also hosts an annual Intra-school Moot Court Competition each spring, which is open to all second year students Participants submit a brief and conduct several rounds of oral argument. Judges for the Competition consist of faculty members and distinguished practitioners and judges from the Chicago legal community, all of whom are Loyola alumni. Members of Loyola's team in the National Moot Court Competition are chosen through participation in this Intra-School Moot Court Competition. In recognition of the importance of the art of appellate advocacy, first year students are required to attend one session of the arguments.
Gary David Friedman Award
Made possible through the generosity of the late Gary David Friedman, a 1962 graduate of the School of Law, the Friedman Award recognizes commitment to advocacy. Each year, a Friedman Award is given to a student competition team which demonstrates success, diligence, and teamwork. Additionally, the student with the highest grade in the trial practice courses each semester also receives a Friedman Award.