Texas Tech University

Advocacy Competition

Texas Tech University School of Law's Advocacy Program has established itself among the nation's elite through its extraordinary success in regional, national, and international competitions. Students learn and perfect practical lawyering skills by conducting legal research, drafting briefs, and participating in tournaments that test client counseling, negotiation, and oral argument skills. They also work closely with faculty, staff, and alumni mentors who set the example for competent, professional practice.

The Advocacy Program is dual-faceted, offering opportunities for students to compete at both an intraschool and interschool level. The law school's Board of Barristers – a student group consisting of the most accomplished third-year advocates – administers eight in-school competitions a year in negotiation, mock trial, and moot court. Three of those eight competitions are specifically for first-year students.

In April of each year, rising second- and third-year students may try out for interschool teams that travel throughout the country and the world to compete against other law schools. Students are evaluated by the traveling team coaches, who make decisions about what students to put on particular teams.

For more information on Tech Law's competitions and teams, contact Director of Advocacy Rob Sherwin.

Fast Facts

  • Texas Tech Law fields 30 teams in moot court, mock trial, arbitration, negotiation, and client counseling each year.
  • Texas Tech Law has won 31 state, regional, national, and international championships and 33 best brief/best advocate awards in the past five years.
  • In 2012 and 2013, Texas Tech Law won eight national championships, ten state/regional championships, and fifteen best brief/advocate awards at national competitions.
  • In 2011 and 2012, Texas Tech Law became just the second school to win back-to-back national championships at the National Moot Court Competition, the oldest interschool moot court competition in the country. It followed that up in 2013 with a win at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the largest interschool moot court competition in the country.
  • Texas Tech Law is one of just four schools in the country to finish in the top ten of the Blakely Advocacy Institute's moot court rankings each of the past four years.
  • Texas Tech Law is the only law school in Texas to finish as semifinalists or better at the Texas State Moot Court Competition each of the past five years. The law school has won the state title twice in that span—more than any other law school in the state.
  • Nearly 20 percent of second- and third-year students are members of traveling teams.
  • More than 75 percent of the student body participates in at least one intraschool or interschool advocacy competition before graduation.