students participate in a Trial Team practice

Advocacy Board Tryout Process

In spring 2016, a new tryout process for our Advocacy Boards — Dispute Resolution (DR), Trial Team, and Moot Court Board was started. Students will participate in a three-day workshop/tryout, during which time they will learn about some of the advocacy skills applicable to all three Boards and individual Boards, as well as be evaluated on specific skills.

For the 2018 Advocacy Workshop/Tryouts, please "hold" the following days:

  • Monday, May 14
  • Tuesday, May 15
  • Wednesday, May 16

Special notes concerning the Workshop:  Students registered to try out for the Dispute Resolution Board and/or the Trial Team will be evaluated on a number of skills exercises during the Workshop.  After the completion of the Workshop, the DR and Trial Team Directors will determine which students will be advancing to the final rounds of the tryouts that will take place on Friday, May 18 (for the Dispute Resolution Board) and Sunday, May 20 (for the Trial Team).

Students registered to tryout for the Moot Court Board will complete an interview and a number of exercises, but all candidates will participate in the oral argument portion of the tryouts (scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018).

In addition, for those students registered to try out for two Boards, the Advocacy Board directors will make sure that skills exercises and workshops do not conflict, so that the students can try out for two Boards.

The Advocacy Board Tryouts, for the most part, will occur the following weekend:

  • Friday, May 18, morning and early afternoon — Final Rounds of the Dispute Resolution Board Tryouts

  • Saturday, May 19, afternoon and evening, and possibly Sunday, May 20, afternoon — Oral Argument portion of the Moot Court Board Tryouts

  • Sunday, May 20, all day -- Final Rounds of the Trial Team Tryouts

A special note on the Moot Court tryouts: There are two components to the Moot Court Tryouts — the oral arguments (which will occur on May 19, and possibly May 20) and a writing exercise. After the oral argument portion of the tryouts, the Moot Court Director will determine which students are proceeding to the next step in the process, the writing exercise.  The writing exercise (not a full appellate brief) will be distributed in mid-May, but will not be due until early June.

Registration for the 2018 Advocacy Board Workshop and Tryouts:

» Register Online—Registration for the 2018 Advocacy Board Workshop and Tryouts is now closed
The registration process will begin on Friday, April 6, and end on Wednesday, May 2, at 11:59 p.m. The deadline to withdraw from the tryouts is Wednesday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m.  (The only way to withdraw from tryouts is to email Professor Bowman at  **The withdrawal deadline has been changed.

Because of the impact on team exercises and scheduling, students are expected not to withdraw from tryouts after the May 9 deadline, unless there are extraordinary circumstances, such as illness or a family emergency.  Failure to meet these expectations will, at minimum, disqualify the students from any future advocacy tryouts and may have additional consequences, depending on the circumstances, under the Code of Student Professionalism and Conduct.

If a student tries out for, and is selected for, two boards, the student may choose two boards or choose one board without negative consequence, so long as that decision is communicated to the Director for the board(s) in question prior to the deadline for final team selection that will be published at a future date.

Questions? Please contact Professor Bowman at