Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program in Trial Advocacy
The Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program in Trial Advocacy provides intensive training in trial advocacy to the ten students who are chosen annually as Corboy Fellows. The Fellows compete in mock trial competitions each semester and are selected by Adjunct Professor Judge Thomas M. Donnelly along with his assistant coaches. Both first- and second-year students are eligible to compete for the Fellowships, which carry a financial stipend for each semester of student participation as well as academic credit.
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.
Loyola Mock Trial Teams
Loyola takes great pride in training our students to be effective trial attorneys. Participation on one of our four mock trial teams is one of the many opportunities Loyola provides as a means for students to hone those skills. Loyola is fortunate to have many dedicated alumni who serve as coaches for these teams. Thanks to the hard work of our students and coaches, Loyola’s mock trial teams have enjoyed an impressive record of success.
The teams are chosen each spring by a panel of distinguished trial lawyers during an intensive two-day selection process. Approximately 100 students try out for positions in our mock trial program, and those who are selected receive intensive training in opening and closing statements, witness examination, case theory, and evidence. This training is administered through a three week summer training program to begin preparation, as well as regular practices with their coaches during the academic year. Students on each team also receive academic credit for their work.
The Corboy Fellows represent Loyola University Chicago School of Law in several mock trial competitions throughout the academic year. In preparation for the competitions, the team is immersed in an extensive and rigorous three-week training session during the summer. Some of Loyola's most prominent graduates - Dan Webb (JD '70), Winston & Strawn; Phil Corboy (JD '49), Corboy & Demetrio; The Honorable Gino DiVito (LLB '63), Tabet DiVito & Rothstein; Todd Smith (JD '76), Powers Roger & Smith; and The Honorable Lorna Propes (JD '75), Cook County Circuit Court - participated in the team's trial advocacy training and instruction.
The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team is open to students who are dues paying members of BLSA. Each year, the four students chosen for this team attend a mock trial training course and hone their trial skills under the guidance of their dedicated coaches in preparation for BLSA's Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.
Each year, Loyola selects a team to compete in one of the country’s many prestigious mock trial competitions focused on criminal law. In the past, Loyola has competed in the Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition the Georgetown While Collar Crime Mock Trial Competition, and the ABA Criminal Justice Trial Competition. Students selected for this team receive training in trial advocacy focused on criminal trials.
Loyola also prepares a team to compete in one of the many prominent civil trial competitions offered each year. We have often competed in the ABA Employment Law Mock Trial Competition, but explore many options each year.