The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Advocacy Center seeks to promote and support the growth of written and oral advocacy in every aspect of the practice of law through five distinct programs. The Danny and Mary Becnel Trial Advocacy program gives students the opportunity to represent a mock client in a courtroom setting—from pretrial motions through closing arguments. The Moot Court program gives students the opportunity to build and perfect the art of persuasive oral advocacy and the skills of proficient brief writing in intramural and intercollegiate moot court competitions. The International Advocacy program allows students to participate in international moot court competitions, including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court competition and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. The Alternative Dispute Resolution program assists students who wish to develop skills to resolve legal disputes without litigation through arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. The Legal Research and Writing program provides all students with rigorous legal research and writing training that prepares students for both objective and persuasive legal analysis.
The findings of Professor Imre Szalai's empirical study on the prevalence of consumer arbitration agreements were covered by NBC News and in Time. Szalai's study found that 81% of the top Fortune 100 companies have used consumer arbitration agreements.
The Loyola team received 3rd place in the annual National Criminal Procedure competition held at University of San Diego School of Law. 42 schools competed in the competition and teammates Rachel Breaux and Bayle Jenkins, coached by Monica Mendoza, placed among the final eight teams overall. Congratulations!