Scholarships and Fellowships
In order to enhance the student's experience of the many opportunities Loyola offers in advocacy, the School of Law offers a number of fellowships and scholarships that facilitate participation in advocacy education or recognize the student's contributions in advocacy-related activities. Among these are the following:
Circle of Advocates Scholarship. This annual scholarship for an entering full-time student was established in 2001 by the Circle of Advocates, to assist students in pursuing their legal education. The primary criteria for the scholarship are that the student has achievements in her/his background in the areas of debate or moot court and has demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is renewable for three years on the condition that the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. Interested candidates must submit an application that includes a cover letter, one letter of recommendation, an essay, and resume. The essay should not exceed 300 words, and must include one paragraph containing a description of achievements in debate or moot court, and a second paragraph stating your reasons for applying for this scholarship. The resume should include any honors received in college and/or graduate school, your extracurricular activities within your school and your community, and public or civic activities outside school or after graduation.
- Deadline: March 1
Cooney and Conway Fellowship. Each year, fellowships are awarded to third-year students who have demonstrated interest and skills in litigation. Applicants must show financial need, have completed (or will be enrolled in their final year) a course in trial practice and/or trial advocacy and have an interest in litigation. This fellowship requires letter of nomination from a member of the faculty or staff involved in moot court, mock trial, advocacy or trial practice course(s) and an essay of 500 words indicating their interest and strengths in trial practice/advocacy.
- Deadline: April 1
Joan Marie Corboy Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to a second- or third-year student who has demonstrated leadership qualities and superior abilities in trial advocacy. If a second year student is the recipient, the student may reapply for his or her third year of law school. This scholarship requires an essay of 500 words stating reasons why candidate should be selected and a letter of recommendation form a member of the faculty or staff which discusses the student's trial advocacy skills and leadership qualities.
- Deadline: April 1
Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy. Each spring, ten first- and second-year students are selected, through a rigorous competitive process involving tryouts and interviews, as Philip H. Corboy Fellows. The ten Corboy Fellows receive a generous financial grant as well as intensive training in trial advocacy. The Corboy Fellows represent the School of Law in several mock trial competitions throughout the year.
- Deadline: tryouts are held in late April each year
Curt N. Rodin Fellowship. Special scholarship assistance is provided for students with a demonstrated interest in advocacy to engage in advocacy-related activities, ranging from the administrative oversight of advocacy competitions to participation in a special seminar in personal injury litigation.
Michael Shabat Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to a third- or fourth-year student who is selected to assist the Clinical Professor of Writing Programs in materials for the Advocacy course.
- Deadline: The recipient is selected in the spring semester
Students at Loyola have established a student chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), which undertakes a number of activities to foster students' interest in trial advocacy.
Loyola annually nominates one or more students for membership in one or more of the Chicago chapters of the Inns of Court.