Advocacy Competitions Program

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Berkeley Law’s Advocacy Competitions Program provides over 200 students each year with experiential education opportunities and law school support as they develop oral and written advocacy skills outside of the traditional classroom environment. 

Internal Competitions

The Advocacy Competitions Program offers four internal competitions to Berkeley Law students each year. These competitions provide students with opportunities to compete in three broad areas: (1) appellate advocacy, (2) mediation and negotiation, and (3) trial advocacy. Students can compete at introductory and advanced levels, culminating in the prestigious McBaine Honors Moot Court Competition. Berkeley Law is incredibly grateful for the volunteer practitioner judges who make our internal competitions possible!

Learn more about Internal Competitions.

External Competitions (BOA)

The Berkeley Law Board of Advocates (BOA) offers one of the best comprehensive competitive advocacy programs of any top ten law school. BOA membership attends more than a dozen external competitions every year, and BOA student and volunteer practitioner coaches commit significant time and resources to training these students. Many alumni remember their time with BOA fondly after they have departed Berkeley Law, and BOA is proud of its relationships with top local appellate advocates, trial attorneys, negotiators, and mediators who share their valuable time to help our students excel.

Learn more about External Competitions.

For questions and additional information, please contact us at

Natalie Winters
Director of the Advocacy Competitions Program

Evy Nevin
Events & Administrative Competitions Coordinator