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Advocacy Opportunities for First-Year Students

The University of Texas School of Law is a nationally recognized center of training in advocacy which offers a broad-based curriculum designed to prepare students for the rigors of a modern law practice. Uniquely integrating the traditional practical advocacy skills with emerging applications, the program focuses on all aspects of advocacy, ensuring that the students develop a core set of skills that will help them to be persuasive advocates no matter who the audience.

While the Advocacy Program courses are restricted to upper level law students, there are several opportunities for first-year law students to begin developing advocacy skills. First-years can be members and assistant officers of the Board of Advocates student organization, and can serve as witnesses and bailiffs for intramural and interscholastic advocacy competitions.

Board of Advocates

The Board of Advocates is a student organization devoted to promoting the development of both oral and written advocacy skills. The BOA organizes all intramural advocacy competitions, including mock trial, moot court, voir dire, mediation, negotiation, and client counseling. The BOA also provides periodic seminars and workshops covering a variety of topics such as trial strategy, courtroom performance, and the basics of brief writing. At the end of the spring semester, the BOA hosts a prestigious awards banquet to honor the students who have excelled in advocacy during the year and to thank the many attorneys and judges who have participated in the organization. First-year student members can participate in many of the BOA functions. Whether itís assisting officers, witnessing for mock trial competitions, or serving as a bailiff for intramurals, membership in the BOA provides first-year students a chance to experience a multitude of advocacy opportunities.

To receive future information regarding interscholastic mock trial, Fall Litigation Institute, and advocacy events, sign up for Advocacy Program Law Mail on the Student Central page.