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.
Our nationally recognized advocacy program prepares students to practice law at the highest levels. From our first national championship back in 1980 to our top national rankings today, success in advocacy is one of the oldest and best traditions at Texas Tech Law.
National and International Championships
State and Regional Championships