According to U.S. News & World Report, the UT Law Advocacy Program is ranked 9th nationally in the Top 10 Specialty Rankings for Trial Advocacy. The specialty rankings are determined by surveying faculty members across the nation teaching in that particular field. The Advocacy Program had fallen out of the specialty rankings in 2007, but over the last few years has developed additional advocacy classes and increased the faculty, improved interscholastic mock trial and moot court performances, and launched several new seminar, research and lecture projects.
The UT Law Advocacy Program reaches hundreds of students annually providing a unique combination of the academic and competitive aspects of advocacy. A variety of courses are offered combining basic theory and techniques, client and case management skills, practical interdisciplinary experiences, and the philosophy behind the art of persuasion. Students work in small groups with faculty in classes designed to provide realistic advocacy experiences including practicing voir dire before real jurors, utilizing focus groups for various courtroom techniques, deposing witnesses before student court reporters, and presenting motions at the courthouse before state and federal court judges.
The UT Law Advocacy Program also provides seminars and series open to all law students such as: Judges in Residence, a program during which district court, federal and appellate judges hold hearings, arguments or trials at the law school in the Kraft W. Eidman Courtroom; the Fall Litigation Institute, an annual 4-day intensive seminar in trial skills available to all second- and third- year law students; and, The Atticus Profiles, an interview series filmed before a live student audience and designed to introduce students to lawyers who have made significant contributions to the profession.