Moot Court and Advocacy Programs
Loyola leads the field in advocacy with teams named champions of more than 100 competitions and consistently ranks in the top 10 among trial and advocacy programs by U.S. News & World Report. Our teams regularly win regional, national and international awards. Loyola’s programs promote innovative curriculum and a commitment to ethical advocacy by offering a multitude of practical learning opportunities. Loyola places a strong emphasis on skills training to better equip students for a competitive job market after graduation.
Faculty advisers and renowned alumni are on hand to offer guidance and support along the way. More than 200 Loyola alumni currently preside as trial court judges in Southern California -- more than from any other school.
Loyola's Entertainment Moot provides students the change to try out their entertainment litigation skills in a mock court setting.
Environmental Law Moot
This statewide competition against other California law schools is sponsored by the State Bar of California Section on Environmental Law. Students will analyze an environmental fact pattern, analyze the law, gather facts, determine a strategy and negotiate on behalf of one of the parties.
The Hispanic National Bar Association sponsors an annual moot court competition made up of approximately 30 schools from around the country. Each school may enter a team consisting of two or three members. Students chosen for Loyola's team must first write a brief. They then engage in a month-long series of practice rounds before traveling to the competition. The competition problem is prepared by the HNBA and typically involves issues of Constitutional Law, often coupled with a statutory claim.
Scott Moot Court Honors Program
In the Scott Moot Court Honors Program, upper-division students are given an appellate problem for which they must write a judged research brief and participate in a judged oral argument on behalf of both appellant and appellee. The top four oralists compete in the final round for the award of Best Oralist. In addition, the student writing the Best Brief and the Best Advocate, the student with the highest combined brief and oral scores, are also recognized at the conclusion of the Competition.
Williams Gender & Sexuality Law
The Williams Institute hosts the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The competition provides an opportunity for competitors to write an appellate brief on a current legal topic and to argue the case before a panel of judges. The competition is designed to promote and recognize the finest oral and written advocacy on a significant problem in sexual orientation and gender identity law.
Byrne Trial Advocacy Team
The Byrne Trial Advocacy Team is a nationally ranked competitive mock trial team where talented second-, third- and fourth-year students have the rare opportunity to receive extensive, individualized training in all aspects of trial advocacy. Students earn six units for the first year on the team and four units for subsequent years. Each year, team members are selected based on an intramural competition held at the end of the spring semester.
National Civil Trial Competition
The National Civil Trial Competition is an invitational tournament open to all ABA-accredited law schools that have demonstrated excellence in mock trial competitions and/or demonstrated excellence in the training of law students in litigation skills. The purpose of the tournament is to provide student litigants an opportunity to develop and display the skills of a successful civil litigator. Students will be required to perform opening statements, direct- and cross-examination of expert and lay witnesses and finally closing arguments, as well as argue objections based on the Federal Rules of Evidence. The competition's title sponsor is Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. Other sponsors include Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and CourtCall.
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VIS) has become one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the world. It takes place every year in Vienna, Austria, and Hong Kong, and it sees participants from almost 300 law schools, coming from more than 60 countries.
Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court
The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition is a unique trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) competition established to train law students how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. Since its inception in 1995, the yearly Competition has trained over 1,000 students and faculty participants from over 100 universities throughout the Americas and beyond. Written on a cutting-edge topic currently debated within the Inter-American system, the hypothetical case operates as the basis of the competition, and students argue the merits of this case by writing legal memoranda and preparing oral arguments for presentation in front of human rights experts acting as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Recent topics include: freedom of speech, gender discrimination and rape, freedom of the press, torture, labor unions, indigenous rights, and terrorism.
Transactional Negotiation Team
The Transactional Negotiation Team began in the 2009-2010 academic year and offers students a “moot court-like” experience in a transactional setting. Team members are given a complex business problem and, after research and analysis, develop a strategy for representing their client in the matter. They draft a term sheet or an agreement presenting their client’s proposal for completing the transaction, then review and respond to drafts prepared by the students representing the other side of the prospective deal.
Loyola Law School’s Practitioner Moot Program replicates this success beyond the U.S. Supreme Court. It represents a novel resource for practitioners in the federal and state courts of appeal to hone their presentations for upcoming arguments.
The “Loyola moot” builds on some of Loyola’s competitive advantages. Loyola Law School’s faculty boasts 12 former Ninth Circuit clerks — more than any other law school in the Ninth Circuit. Loyola also has an extensive array of faculty members with appellate practice experience, in the California courts, in the Ninth Circuit, and beyond. Loyola’s Advocacy Institute houses, among other assets, a successful Appellate Advocacy course, and repeat champion student appellate moot court teams. And Loyola has longstanding close relationships with consistent appellate practitioners, including the ACLU, the Office of the Federal Public Defender, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Loyola moot offers practitioners the benefit of this expertise and these relationships. Since the fall of 2014 alone, Loyola hosted moots for cases later argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and the California Courts of Appeal, involving a wide range of issues. Feedback from practitioners who have availed themselves of the opportunity to moot their cases has been extraordinarily positive.