Innovation. Integration. Impact.

Advocacy is the heart of a Loyola law education

Led by Director Zelda Harris and consistently ranked among the country’s best programs, Loyola University Chicago’s Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy uniquely integrates elements of advocacy throughout the law curriculum. All 1Ls serve as mock trial jurors and bailiffs or audience members for moot court, and every student is required to complete eight credits of advocacy skills and experiential learning courses. Students with a deeper interest in advocacy apply for the prestigious Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program, earn an advocacy certificate, or try out to compete in national and international competitions. Students are financially supported in their advocacy efforts through several scholarships available from 1L through 3L years.

The engagement and strong sense of community continue after graduation: Loyola’s professionally prominent competition coaches and mentors—including many alumni—loyally return year after year to sharpen the skills of the next generation of Loyola litigators.

Multifaceted Skill-building

3L Bailey Whitsitt

From her first semester, when she served as a juror for a mock trial and was mentored by Loyola alum Scott Lane (JD ’88) as part of Loyola’s Advocacy Mentor Program, Bailey has embraced Loyola’s myriad opportunities to develop her advocacy skills and leadership. She is executive director of the Mock Trial Board, captain of the Civil Law Mock Trial Team, a former summer associate in commercial litigation at Clark Hill Law, and a past competitor in the National Ethics Trial Competition.


3L Ruddy Abam and Samantha Lemke Ditore (JD '14)

A Corboy Fellow from 2012 through 2014, Samantha was a member of the winning teams in the 2012 and 2013 William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition. Since 2015, she has shared her expertise as a traveling coach of the Corboy Fellows—including Ruddy, who is in her second year as a fellow, competed in four mock trial competitions, and was part of the championship team at the 2018 Daniel competition.


Weekend JD student Peter McCool, MD

Loyola’s advocacy program gives full-time and part-time students practical courtroom skills and prepares them for effective careers in litigation. Peter, an emergency physician interested in medical malpractice litigation, is in his fourth year of Loyola’s pioneering Weekend JD program. He participates in a trial practice course specifically designed to fit weekend students’ schedules.

Philip H. Corboy Fellows

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Community Builder

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Peter McCool

Peter McCool, MD, prepares for a career as a trial attorney

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