Loyola University Chicago

Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy

School of Law

1L Advocacy Requirements

Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy

All first year students are required to attend two advocacy events during the course of the year in order to expose them to various aspects of the litigation process and prepare them for upper level courses.

First, each student must fulfill the 1L Trial Advocacy Requirement by serving as a juror at one of the final trials of the upperclassmen in the Trial Practice courses or other approved mock trial event. 1Ls are given an opportunity to observe a full-length trial, and to render a verdict. Students have several dates each year on which they may complete this requirement. To sign up for a Jury Duty date, click here.

The Jury Duty Dates for the 2017-2018 academic year are:

-Saturday, October 28, 2017, Time 8am-12pm

-Saturday, October 28, 2017, Time 12pm-4pm

-Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8:30am-1pm

-Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:45pm-8:30pm

-Saturday, January 13, 2018, 8:30am-1pm

-Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:45pm-8:30pm

-Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:30am-1pm

There are limits to how many students may sign up for each day, and all students are required to complete this activity, so please sign up for a date as soon as possible.

Second, each student must fulfill the 1L Appellate Advocacy Requirement by observing one round of an appellate argument or serving as a bailiff at an approved moot court competition. This allows first year students to observe the appellate process.   

You may fulfill this appellate advocacy requirement in one of the following ways:

-Serve as a bailiff at the Windy City Moot Court Regional Tournament scheduled for November 10-11, 2017 at the Corboy Law Center.  Sign-up for a time slot here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa4ac2ea3f94-sign

-Serve as a bailiff at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Midwest Regional Competition scheduled for February 9-11, 2018 at the Corboy Law Center.  Sign-up information is TBA.

-Serve as a bailiff for a round or observe (as an audience member) the Final Round of the Loyola Law Intra-School Moot Court Competition as second year students compete against each other in rounds of oral arguments. This competition is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in the evening at the Dirksen Federal Building (219 South Dearborn) and Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Corboy Law Center (morning and afternoon).  The Final Round will be held in the Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom.  Times and Sign-up information are TBA. 

Please note that your 1L class rank will be withheld until both advocacy requirements (trial and appellate) are completed.