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Trial Advocacy

 The Trial Advocacy Program at Loyola was organized in the fall of 1982. With more than 30 years of success, the purpose of the Trial Advocacy Program is to prepare students for a smooth transition from the study of law to the practice of law by developing basic litigation skills that serve any area of legal practice.

Skills are honed in a “controlled clinic” environment using a hands-on teaching style where practitioners mentor students. The program focuses on learning by doing with practical instruction, demonstrations, feedback and critique used to direct student learning. Students have the opportunity of representing a “mock” client in a courtroom setting--from pretrial motions through closing. The pro­gram allows students to learn to develop strategies for trial and methods of conducting themselves in a courtroom setting.

Trial Advocacy teaches students how to speak persuasively, how to conduct direct and cross examina­tions, and how to prepare and present persuasive opening and closing arguments. Students are also taught how to impeach witnesses, tender experts and introduce evidence. Students learn to analyze facts and think on their feet while displaying a dynamic courtroom presentation.

Trial Advocacy students have the opportunity to attend and compete in regional, state and national trial advocacy competitions that include both civil and criminal proceedings. The program provides students with the foundation to successfully advocate, in the future, for real clients in the courtroom.

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President: Bonnie Thomas
Vice President: Michael Moore
Treasurer: William Huye
Secretary: Ainsley Fagan
Chief of Staff: Natalie Enterkin
National Team Coaches: William Brierre, Jason Galjour
Alumni/PR Chair: Kapish Barry

Faculty Advisor: Professor Blaine LeCesne