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Loyola Mock Trial Teams

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.


‌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.


Philip H. Corboy

Philip H. Corboy was the founding partner of the Chicago firm of Corboy & Demetrio and a 1949 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Mr. Corboy was widely recognized as one of the greatest trial lawyers of his generation. In 1995, he created the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy program at Loyola to support those students who plan to pursue careers as trail lawyers. As a result of this exceptional program, nearly 100 Loyola law students have received scholarship assistance in addition to some of the best advocacy training in the country. Mr. Corboy's leadership and generosity have been instrumental in enabling Loyola to maintain its reputation for educating leading trial lawyers. Listing of Current and Former Corboy Fellows (PDF)


Loyola's 2014-2015 Corboy Fellows

(From left to right) Demetria Hamilton, Andrea Williams, Michelle Thomas, Koga Ndikum-Moffor, Prya Murad, Jasmine Morton, Matthew McDonald, Jonathan Armstrong, Joshua Cauhorn, and Ezrah Bryant

Rigorous Training

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 - participate in the team's trial advocacy training and instruction.

During the academic year, the team spends hundreds of hours working with coaches preparing for competitions. Regular practice sessions are held three hours a day, four nights each week, and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Public defenders, state's attorneys, U.S. attorneys and civil trial lawyers donate their time, expertise, and experience to providing Loyola's top advocacy students with the best one-on-one training available. As a result, the graduates of this exceptional program are among the leading young trial lawyers in Chicago and in the country.


The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team

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.


Loyola's 2014-2015 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team

Shawki Bell, Lauline Gough Jade Gary, John Gnilka

The Criminal Law Mock Trial Team

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's 2014-2015 Criminal Law Mock Trial Team

 Sara Whitecotton, Liz Hanford, Andrew Stevens, Tommy Cramer

The Civil Law Mock Trial Team

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.

Loyola's 2014-2015 Civil Law Mock Trial Team

Kayley Johnson, Erin Fahy Grudzinski, Liane Dublinski, Jimmy Theo, and Marlene Hernandez