Tryouts for Spring Advocacy Teams

Upper level students, want to be a part of our award-winning advocacy program next semester?

Tryouts for Spring 2017 teams will be held on the following dates:

ADR (negotiation, client counseling, mediation): 

Date:  Monday, November 7, beginning at 4:00 p.m. until evening.
Location:  Trial Courtroom

Do a 15 minute negotiation  from the problem that posted on TWEN, Board of Advocates page.  You can sign up with a partner or we will  pair you with one.  All students trying out for ADR need to arrive 15 minutes early to receive the confidential information and party assignment.

Mock trial (trial advocacy):

Date:  Tuesday, November 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. until evening
Location:  Trial Courtroom

Do a 10 minute opening or closing argument of your choice.  You can use the problem posted on TWEN, Board of Advocates page, Competition section from this semester’s in-school competition, or you can use a fact pattern from one of your writing classes or a previous in-school competition.

Moot court (appellate advocacy):

Date:  Monday, November 21, beginning at 5:45 p.m. evening
Location:  Trial Courtroom

Do a 10 minute argument of your choice from the problem posted on TWEN, Board of Advocates page, Competition section,  or any oral argument you have done for a class (such as oral argument on a motion for summary judgment) or previous in-school competition.

If you are interested in writing a brief only, you do not need to attend tryouts. Just send a persuasive writing sample (like a motion written for class) to jellis@law.tamu.edu by 5:45 p.m. on November 21.

Tryouts are open to all upper-level students – day, night, part-time and full-time. You are eligible even if you are still classified as a 1L, as long as this is your second physical year in law school. True 1Ls must wait until the end of the Spring to tryout. Sign up for your time on TWEN, Board of Advocates page. You can sign up to tryout for one, two or all three. It is not expected that you will need more than about an hour to prepare for your tryout. We are mainly looking for advocacy skills and not a thorough knowledge of the material at this point.

Students selected for teams can receive class credit (1 pass/fail hour for ADR and 2 for moot court and mock trial) and satisfy the oral skills requirement for certification (except for brief writer only participants).

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