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.
Team members represent the school in a series of regional and national mock trial competitions including the National Trial Competition, the AAJ Student Trial Competition and the NITA Tournament of Champions.
Loyola’s teams have garnered great success in these tournaments, winning 25 out of the last 30 regional tournaments and eleven national championships. The tournaments involve both civil and criminal cases; students are trained to conduct all aspects of a jury trial including opening statement, direct examination, cross examination and closing argument, as well as evidentiary arguments to a judge.
Loyola’s Byrne Trial Team has received top honors in recent years:
- Numerous alumni members named to the Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list
- Regional Champions 25 times, Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial
- National Champions in 2005 and 2006, National Trial Competition National Championships
- Seven-time Regional Champions, American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy
- National Championships in Tournament of Champions (2015), National Civil Trial Competition (2014), Lone Star Classic Competition (2016) and Syracuse National Trial Competition 2019
Faculty Adviser: Susan Poehls
In the News
U.S. News and World Report ranks Loyola fifth in the nation for trial advocacy.
In 2013, the team advanced to the national finals of the National Trial Competition and was crowned regional champions.
This marks the Byrne Team's 20th regional championship in 25 years.
"For months, my team would work on theories, themes and evidence arguments before we faced other law schools in competitions around the country... I can honestly say that my experience helped me in interviews."
-Christina Catapang '13