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Moot Court

The Moot Court program has a rich history built on consistency and excellence. Loyola entered its first National Team in 1954 under the direction of Professor Brendan Brown, and the program installed its first Moot Court Board in 1973. 

The Moot Court program is inextricably intertwined with the required course in appellate advocacy.  In the second semester of their first year, students are enrolled in Lawyering II: Appellate Practice, which provides training on persuasive advocacy, both in writing and orally.  Throughout the course, each student completes a full appellate brief and presents a ten-minute oral argument before a panel of judges, which includes the student’s professor and two practitioners.  The top 15% of appellate advocates are invited to join the Moot Court staff, and those new staff members immediately compete in an intramural competition. At the conclusion of the competition, four students receive Best Oralist awards and one student is awarded the Best Brief.

After the intramural competition, all staff members are invited to apply for team and coaching positions to compete in national appellate moot court competitions throughout the country.  In the fall, the Board conducts an “Argue-On” competition to allow students who were not named to the staff in the spring to become a part of the program in the fall.

The comprehensive Moot Court program gives students the opportunity to participate effectively in intramural and intercollegiate moot court competitions. Students build and perfect the art of persuasive oral advocacy and the skills of proficient brief writing.  Local practitioners assist students through mock arguments and guided question and answer sessions to prepare them to transition in and out of arguments and develop a deferential, conversational style.

Courses required

Lawyering I and II

Courses suggested

Advanced Appellate Advocacy; Advanced Legal Writing

Skills courses suggested

Developing a Theory of the Case, Oral Presentation Skills, Effective Brief Writing; Appellate Argument; Advocacy in School Disciplinary Proceedings

Faculty Advisor: Professor Monica Hof Wallace

For more information, email MootCourt@loyno.edu

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