Tryout Procedures

Fall 2014 competition tryouts are here!  Current 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out for Berkeley's trial, appellate, 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

Applications for Fall 2014 are now closed - we will inform students after finals if they have been selected for teams.  Transfer students and LLMs will have a special tryout in the fall after school starts.  Thanks for your interest!

Fall 2014 tryout packet.

Trial Competitions

The dates of the tryouts will be as follows:

  • Monday, April 14th 1-3:30 p.m. Room 136
  • Tuesday, April 15th 5:40 - 9 p.m. Room 12
  • Wednesday, April 16th 1 - 3:30 p.m. Room 129
  • Thursday, April 17th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Room 240
  • Friday, April 18th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Room 136

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

Please sign up on in the master tryout scheduler here:

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.