Order of Barristers

The highest honor a Texas A&M School of Law advocacy student can achieve is selection into the Order of Barristers. Each accredited law school is allowed to induct only 10 students per year.

Order-of-Barristers-20162016 Texas A&M University School of Law Order of Barristers inductees: (front row L-R) Jamillia Wren, Kristinia Anderson, Kirsten Thompson, Jeremy Black;
(2nd row L-R) Mark Lister, Blake Buether;
(top row L-R) Benjamin Nystrom, Jesse Calderon, Tyler Gregston, Matt Staton.
The Order of Barristers is a nationally recognized 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. Students who demonstrate particular excellence and distinguish themselves in the advocacy program may be selected for membership in this prestigious order. ​At the annual Barristers' Ball, inductees are presented the national Order of Barristers' medal to wear at graduation and a membership certificate.
               

Eligibility, Application and Selection Process

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

The Director of Advocacy Programs will make applications available approximately two weeks prior to the application deadline. Applications must be completed and returned no later than the first business day in April. The Director of Advocacy Programs will announce the application period by sending information to all students by email, as well as posting the information on the school’s electronic calendar and including it in other announcement methods. In addition, the Director of Advocacy Programs will notify current advocacy students of the application process. Hard copies of the application will be available outside the office of the Director of Advocacy Programs.

2017 Order of Barristers Application

  • Limitations and Requirements

    The Constitution of the National Order of Barristers limits the number of potential recipients to ​10. Therefore, not all applicants who qualify and have participated in the advocacy program can be selected. To be considered, all applications must be received by the provided deadline. No late applications will be considered for any reason. Applications must be submitted by either hard copy to the envelope outside the office of the Director of Advocacy or by email to the Director of Advocacy (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 intramural 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 on the 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 the application will result in disqualification. Similarly violations of the Aggie Code of Honor, the Texas A&M University Student Conduct Code, or the School of Law Student Conduct Rules may result in disqualification.

  • Selection Committee

    The selection committee will be the current year’s Advocacy Faculty Oversight Committee, appointed by the Dean annually. No students will serve on the selection committee. Please note that the selection committee will not provide feedback or explanation regarding reasons why a student was or was not selected.

  • Selection Announcement

    Announcement of recipients will be made at the Advocacy Programs dinner, where recipients will receive the national Order of Barrister’s medal to wear at graduation and a membership certificate.