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Loyola moot court program named in top ten

Loyola press release - September 6, 2011

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law moot court program has been named one of the top 10 advocacy programs in the country, according to the September 2011 edition of The National Jurist. Koppen's Law School Advocacy Ranking names Loyola as one of the premier programs that competes in moot court competitions throughout the United States.

The College of Law has earned a reputation for preparing its students by simulating the experiences that lawyers encounter in the courtroom. To reach this goal, the law school begins with a rigorous legal research and writing and moot court class in the first year, which culminates in an end-of-the-year intramural competition after which the top student oralists are invited to join the moot court staff.

Staff members are chosen to compete in national competitions throughout their second and third years. Consistently, Loyola students are honored with first place, runner-up, best brief and best oralist awards for their advocacy skills. Last year, Loyola’s Moot Court Team won the 22nd Annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament at the University of San Diego School of Law. Loyola also placed first in the 2010 National Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition and second in 2011.

“Students sacrifice countless hours in preparation for these competitions, and faculty and alumni support of the program has been enormous. Students gain confidence as well as practical experience through the program and most students say that participating on a team or as a moot court member was the best experience they had in law school,” said Monica Hof Wallace, professor of law and faculty adviser for the moot court program.

“After graduation, these students continue to support the program by offering financial assistance as well as providing ‘mooting’ sessions to prepare the students for competition. Loyola is very proud of the achievements of its moot court program and looks forward to its continued growth."

For more information, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.