The Berkeley Law Board of Advocates is a student organization comprised of students who are selected for the external competition teams. The group is organized into four branches: the ADR/Negotiations Team, the Appellate Team, the International Team, and the Trial Team. BOA members are primarily second- and third-year students, but a handful of first-years (approximately six to eight each year) participate in external competitions during the Spring semester. The Board of Advocates Executive Board coordinates and coaches the external competition teams, and all Board of Advocate members assist with the internal competitions.
Board of Advocates members routinely win top awards at regional and national competitions, consistently outperforming other top-ten law schools. Competition for a place on our competition teams is fierce during the Board’s yearly try-out process, with multiple students vying for each spot. Teams receive coaching from professors, Board of Advocate Executive Board Members, practicing lawyers, and other Board of Advocate members.
The Board also places a strong emphasis on training fellow students and future members through internal competitions, such as the McBaine Moot Court Competition, the Halloum Business and Negotiations Competitions, and the Bales Trial Competition. Board of Advocates members serve as coaches and judges along side Berkeley Law professors and practicing attorneys. For the final round of the McBaine Competition, judges in past years have included Supreme Court Justices, California Supreme Court justices, and other state and federal judges.