Sign up lists are available in the Board of Barristers office at the end of the hallway in the Lanier Center usually the week prior to a competition beginning. Also check out our blog for updates about sign-up dates.
Members are invited twice a year. Membership requirements are listed in our Constitution.
For a detailed description of each competition, please see our competitions page. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, contact us.
A complete semester calendar is posted online on the resources page. In addition, regularly check the Tech Law Announcement emails, the “important dates” section on the front page, and our blog.
Our competitions are tailored to assist the learning experience while at law school in order to produce confident, experienced and prepared attorneys who are able to practice effectively, immediately after admission to the bar. Check out our alumni page to see what former Board members say about their experiences competing.
Absolutely! The Board will provide your team with a coach to help answer any questions and explain how to prepare for and compete in the competitions. There are also coaching packets available on the resources page.
It depends on your prior experience level, including your understanding of legal terms and rules of courtroom/professional conduct, comfort-level of speaking in front of people, etc. Some competitions (Negotiations) require less preparation than others (Mock Trial & Moot Court). It is important to realize that while you are being judged, you are not receiving a grade for participating. Do NOT sacrifice your grade in a class in order to prepare for competitions.
Each team is comprised of two students, either 1Ls or Advanced, who decide to participate together.
Most importantly, pick someone with whom you work well and who has a similar work-ethic and expectations. These are the types of partners that make teams which compete in all competitions together. You might also consider role-based partners, like a good cop and a bad cop for negotiations, a partner who stays calm under pressure for negotiations, or a particularly likable or charismatic partner for mock trial. There\'s no one way to make a great team, it is all about chemistry between you and your partner.
Each judging scoresheet is posted on the resources page.
Constructive criticism is our primary emphasis. We want to assist the learning process so we are dedicated to improving the level of advocacy at Tech Law.
With the exception of of Mock Trial, each competition lasts a week with the first round beginning on a Monday and the final round on Friday. Mock Trial lasts 2 weeks.
Eternal fame and the undying admiration of your peers. Or in the real world, usually at least a plaque worthy of wall space in your office and school-wide recognition.