​Order of Barristers

Order of Barristers applications are now available. See below for all the information. Applications can be picked up outside the office of Jennifer Ellis, Director of Advocacy Program, office number 138.

The Order of Barristers is a recognized national honorary organization that encourages the development of oral and written advocacy skills through effective law school programs by formally recognizing the best advocates these programs produce.

Application Criteria:

  • All students graduating in 1) December 2016; 2) May 2017; or 3) July 2017 are eligible to apply.
  • An applicant must be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing with Texas A&M School of Law.

Selection Process and Limitations:

  • The  recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty members chosen by the Dean.
  • The Constitution of the National Order of Barristers limits the number of potential recipients to ten.  Therefore, not all applicants who qualify and have participated in advocacy can be selected. 
  • All applications must be received by NOON on March 22, 2017. No late applications can be considered for any reason. 
  • Applications should be submitted by either 1) hard copy to the envelope outside the office of Jennifer Ellis, office number 138 or 2) email to Jennifer Ellis at jellis@law.tamu.edu (but the application must still contain a hard signature and not an electronic one).

Selection Criteria:

  • The following factors are considered for selection, but are not necessarily equally weighted: 

    1. Participation in interscholastic advocacy competition teams (moot court, mock trial, and/or ADR)
      1. Number of competitions
      2. Success at competitions – ranking (if available), placement (if available), awards received
      3. Participation in competitions in multiple disciplines (some combination of moot court, mock trial, and ADR)
      4. Coach feedback on student’s preparation for competition, attendance and participation at practices, and performance at competition.
    2.  Participation in intrascholastic advocacy competition teams (moot court, mock trial, and/or ADR)
      1. Number of competitions
      2. Success at competitions – ranking (if available), placement (if available), awards received
      3. Participation in competitions in multiple disciples (some combination of moot court, mock trial, and/or ADR)
    3.     Administration of an advocacy program 
      1. Board of Advocates Executive Board
      2. Board of Advocates Committee Member
      3. Board of Advocates General Member
      4. Served as a Mock Judge for intramural and/or undergraduate competition
      5. Served as a mock trial witness for intramural and/or interscholastic mock trial competition (not as a team member)
      6. Participation in demonstrations/trainings for law students, prospective law students, and/or the community

Disqualification:

  • All information contained in this application must be accurate.
    • This includes, but is not limited to, representations made regarding competition rankings and awards.  If rankings were not provided to the team or the coach at the time of the competition, students should write “unknown” on the application.

  • Failure to truthfully and correctly report information on this application will result in disqualification. 

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Ellis, Director of Advocacy programs, at jellis@law.tamu.edu or in office number 138.