Concentration Programs in Civil Litigation and Criminal Justice 

These programs guide students through our extensive advocacy curriculum, combining classroom training with clinical experience, law firm practice and alumni mentoring. Students earn recognition on their transcript for completing these intensive programs and also are eligible to earn honors at graduation based on their performance.

For more information on the concentrations, click one of the options below:

  1. Civil Litigation and Advocacy
  2. Criminal Justice

Advanced Trial Advocacy Instruction 

The Advocacy Institute will offer an intensive trial advocacy course between fall and spring semesters. This program will provide students with the opportunity to manage a case from opening statement through final argument. Teams of judges and lawyers will provide the instruction, giving students the opportunity to learn form the best. Each day of instruction will be followed by a dinner with alumni and a demonstration of trial advocacy techniques.

Civil Litigation Practicum 

The Civil Litigation Practicum is a new yearlong, six-credit course providing instruction in the skills needed to take a case from pleadings through discovery, pre-trial motions, negotiation. and settlement. The class will provide substantive instruction on the California Rules of Civil Procedure, California Rules of Court and California Rules of Professional Conduct, all in the context of representing a client in a simulated case within a law firm setting. Students will draft pleadings, written discovery, motions and a settlement agreement.


The Judge-in-Residence will serve as mentor and teacher for students, as well as providing students with the chance to connect with Loyola alumni who serve on the bench.  Alumnus and former dean, the Hon. Frederick J. Lower, Jr. '64 (Ret.) is serving as the Law School's first judge in residence. As a judge, Lower served for the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.


An experienced trial attorney will serve as a mentor to students enrolled in the advocacy concentrations. He or she will also lecture in courses offered in the concentration. Nationally renowned trail attorney, Larry Feldman '69, will be the Advocacy Institute's first practitioner-in-residence.


Students earn academic credit by "shadowing" top lawyers in leading law firms as they take depositions, argue motions, represent clients in mediations and arbitrations, and try cases.