Tryout Procedures

Fall 2014 competition tryouts are here!  Current 1Ls and Transfers interested in trying out for Berkeley's trial, appellate (transfers only), and ADR teams are encouraged to see the tryout procedures below.  If you have any questions, please email next year's Board of Advocates co-chairs at

Appellate Competitions

The Appellate Competitions team has one slot available to Transfer students and LLMs, on our Lefkowitz trademarks team.  Tryouts will be held:

  • Monday, September 8 from 9-11
  • Wednesday, September 10 from 1:45-3

Room 112

Please see our Fall 2014 tryout packet to learn more and sign up.

Also, all 2Ls and 3Ls are encouraged to participate in the McBaine appellate advocacy competition from January to March 2015.  Check back for more details.

Trial Competitions

The dates of tryouts for 1Ls and Transfers for the 2014-2015 year will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 2 5:45 - 7:00 p.m. Room TBD
  • Wednesday, September 3 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Room TBD

SIGN UP HERE for tryouts!

For more information, see our Fall 2014 Trial Tryout Packet
Deposition of Dana Mylanta 
Deposition of Denny Sheppard

How-to Packet

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiations

2014-2015 ADR Tryout Packet

The ADR team will be auditioning one transfer slot, as well as two 1L "practice squad" slots (members who do not compete or get credit, but are allowed to attend practices and train with the teams).  These tryouts will be:

  • Wednesday, September 3 from 1-2pm
  • Thursday, September 4 from 5-7pm

If you are interested in trying out, email Francis Choi at or Libby Hadzima at

Each tryout will consist of a mock negotiation (approximately 7 minutes) where you will be paired up against another competitor. 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 3 minutes). The judges may also ask you questions about your written application. Plan to spend 30 minutes in the tryout. 

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.

Also keep your eyes peeled for the Halloum Business Competition (in the Fall) and the Halloum Negotiations Competition (in the Spring for 1Ls)!