Competitions

“Mock trial is courtroom litigation. It is Boston Legal and it is Law & Order. Mock Trial tests advocates for their ability to fight for their clients, to think on their feet, and to convince a jury why their side should prevail.

Mock Trial mimics what one would see in a real courtroom. Competitors will present their arguments before a judge and a jury. Both sides will present their own witnesses and cross examine the other side’s. Competitors will make opening and closing statements. They will also make objections and defend objections made against them.

Mock Trial is the ultimate stepping-stone for anyone who wants to become a trial litigator. At Texas Tech, we pride ourselves on the quality of our litigators. Mock Trial through the Board of Barristers is the best way to put oneself on the path to success in the courtroom.”

Samantha Malnar
Vice Chair of Trial Advocacy 2014-15

“Appellate advocacy, or moot court, is intended simulate an attorney’s experience arguing in front of a Court of Appeals or Supreme Court. There are two advocates to every team and each advocate presents his or her argument to a judge or a panel of judges.

Advocates are scored on numerous qualities such as courtroom demeanor, knowledge of the law and the case record, as well as ability to answer questions. The most successful advocates are those that can have a conversation with the judging panel by using the judge’s questions to coherently explain the law.Participating in moot court competitions provides skills that are difficult to gain from other educational experiences.

Advocates learn how to think quickly on their feet, concisely answer questions, and navigate legal arguments.These are invaluable skills that can be used both in and out of the courtroom.”

 Lauren Welch
Vice Chair of Appellate Advocacy 2014-15

“Negotiations is a fast paced test of teamwork, strategy, and execution. Negotiation competitors are given the task of acquiring the best deal possible for their client while acting in a professionally responsible manner.

After competing in the negotiation competitions, Texas Tech students should be more prepared than their peers to represent clients in the vast legal world outside of the courthouse.Additionally, the ability to negotiate is important for all attorneys.

The negotiations competition fosters both adversarial and cooperative relationships while increasing confidence in deal-making. Many Texas courts compel negotiation in mediation sessions before a case can go to trial, so it is especially important for students interested in a litigation track as well.”

Kevin Houser
Vice Chair of Negotiations 2014-15

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