Launched in 2018, the Advocacy Center reinforces the ongoing and comprehensive nature of advocacy, from the early stages of negotiation and litigation, through mediation or arbitration, pre-trial and trial practice, and finally with appellate practice. The Center builds on the law school’s rich tradition of advocacy within the Center’s five programs by offering an expanded, cohesive, and seamless vehicle for advocacy education yielding stronger and more complete advocates.
The Becnel Trial Advocacy program prepares students for pre-trial and trial practice.
The Moot Court program focuses on the legal and factual arguments presented on appeal.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program explores negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and settlement discussions to provide for the swift resolution of issues.
International Advocacy focuses on international tribunals available for disputes that cross oceans and borders.
The Legal Research and Writing program develops students’ skills in the foundation for all advocacy—the written word.
The Advocacy Center houses a broad array of resources for the student, including core courses, skills courses, and online content to build knowledge and skills. Students can practice their skills in mock trial, appellate, and negotiation competitions, and in their third year, represent clients in one of our eight Clinic programs.
Each competition team within the Advocacy Center partners with experienced practitioners with expertise in the subject matter and style of the competition to serve as Adjunct Professors of Advocacy. Each year, in coordination with Loyola’s CLE Department, the Advocacy Center will host the Fedoroff Lecture to be given by a nationally-renowned speaker on oral or written advocacy.
Camaraderie and networking among students, alumni, and supporters alike will be enjoyed at our Annual Golf Tournament each fall. In the spring, we will celebrate the successes of the Center at our Annual Advocacy Center Banquet.
We welcome you to peruse the activities of the Center, learn about our unique and talented students, and relish in “the Center of it all” – Loyola’s Advocacy Center.