Fall 2013 competition tryouts have ended! Students still interested in competing in competition teams this year should see the "Internal Competitions" sidebar at right, in particular the McBaine appellate competition (spring semester), the Halloum Business Competition (fall semester) and the Halloum Negotiations Competition (spring semester).
Appellate CompetitionsAppellate team tryouts consist of (1) a ten-page writing sample and (2) a ten-minute mock oral argument based on the writing sample. Applicants are encouraged to use their written and oral work from their Written and Oral Advocacy (WOA) section for their writing sample and their oral argument.
To try out for an appellate team:
- Attend the Board of Advocates Tryout Informational Meeting. These informational meetings are held during both the Spring and Fall semesters. Consult the Boalt Bulletin Board for date, time, and room location.
- Turn in a ten-page writing sample. You can use your brief from your WOA section for the writing sample. Select the section or sections that you feel represent your best written work - up to ten pages - and leave your sample in the location set forth in the Appellate Tryout Packet. If you prefer, you can use a writing sample other than your WOA brief. The writing sample should reflect your ability to describe the law, and to apply law to a set of facts in a persuasive manner. Your writing sample will be evaluated for clarity, organization, persuasiveness, and soundness of your legal arguments.
- Present your mock oral argument to the Appellate team judges.
During your selected time slot, present ten minutes of the oral argument on the issues included in your writing sample. If you are using a portion of your WOA brief as your writing sample, present your WOA oral argument. If you are using another document for your writing sample, address the issues in your writing sample in your ten-minute oral argument.
During your oral argument, Appellate team directors and team competitors will serve as judges, and ask you questions regarding the legal issues and analysis included in your writing sample. These judges will evaluate your poise, presentation, organization, and responsiveness.
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiations
2013-2014 ADR Tryout Packet
ADR tryouts last approximately 10 minutes each. Each tryout will consist of a mock negotiation (approximately 7 minutes) where you will be paired up against one of the judges. Detailed instructions about the mock negotiation and a copy of the fact pattern are released as the tryouts approach. After the conclusion of the role-play exercise, the judges will ask that you describe your strategy and reflect on your performance (approximately 2 minutes).
Judges look for preparation, insight, and self-awareness as the “debrief” process is an important part of the competitions themselves. We understand that the duration of these tryouts are quite short, but short tryouts are essential when interviewing dozens of candidates. To ensure fairness, each candidate will be judged based on equal time and using standard criteria. We appreciate your understanding.