The moot court process allows law students to develop oral and written advocacy skills, to compete with students from law schools across the nation, and to meet practitioners and jurists in their chosen field of law.
The Moot Court Board selects participants to compete on Moot Court teams. With over 200 applicants each year vying for 55 positions, admission into the program is highly competitive. Students who demonstrate exceptional oral and written advocacy skills will be invited to represent Loyola at competitions. Loyola fields approximately 20 Moot Court competition teams. Faculty, alumni and other members of the bar serve as coaches for the teams.
Members of all Loyola teams are prepared for competition through the Honors Appellate Advocacy Program, an intensive course focusing on advanced legal research, brief writing, oral arguments, and the components of appellate procedure. Unique to Loyola, the course refines skills learned in the first year legal writing course and the advocacy course taken by all students. Several distinguished speakers from the Chicago legal community are invited to address the teams. The class also functions as a workshop to allow students the opportunity to work on oral advocacy skills in preparation for competition.
Competition teams are open to all incoming second-, third- and fourth-year students. However, the members of Loyola's team in the National Moot Court Competition are chosen only from among incoming third-year participants in the Intra-School Moot Court Competition.
2019–2020 Moot Court Board
Moot Court Teams
- American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
- Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Team
- Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition
- Houston Invitational Moot Court Competition
- Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
- Moot Court Teams' Alternates
- National Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court Competition
- National Health Law Moot Court Competition
- National Hispanic Bar Association Moot Court Competition
- National Law and Religion Moot Court Team
- National Moot Court Competition
- Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
- Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
- Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
- Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition
- Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition