Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Certificate in Advocacy

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. The Advocacy Certificate is comprised of 3 parts:

  1. Coursework/Grades
    In order to be eligible for the certificate, students must complete three required courses, and three elective courses. The required courses and the options for elective courses are listed on the application for the advocacy certificate (pdf). Students must have a combined average of 3.0 or better in all six advocacy courses.
  2. Co-Curricular Experience
    Students must successfully complete an externship, an approved clinical experience, or participate on one of our student competition teams in appellate advocacy or alternative dispute resolution. Approved co-curricular experiences are listed on the application for the advocacy certificate (pdf).
  3. Extra-curricular Events
    Students must also attend one Advocacy Center event. Various panel discussions are scheduled each year. The Advocacy Center will confirm that your attendance at one of these events was recorded.

Questions regarding the Advocacy Certificate should be directed to Prof. Zelda Harris, Director of Advocacy, at zharris@luc.edu.