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August 10, 2015

Trial Advocacy Program

Start: August 10, 2015
End: August 12, 2015

Grades Due for Summer 2015

Date: August 10, 2015

August 11, 2015

Grade Deadline for all Summer Grades

Start: August 11, 2015 10:00 am
End: August 11, 2015 10:00 am

August 13, 2015

First Year Student Orientation

Start: August 13, 2015
End: August 14, 2015

August 16, 2015

JELR Junior Associate Orientation

Start: August 16, 2015 2:00 pm
End: August 16, 2015 6:00 pm

August 17, 2015

Classes Begin

Date: August 17, 2015

August 18, 2015

Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Interest Meeting

The LSU Law Center’s Advocacy Programs will hold a general interest meeting for all second and third-year students on Tuesday, August 18 at 12:40 pm.

The Law Center’s award-winning Advocacy Programs encompass a number of different appellate advocacy (“moot court”), trial advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution programs, and collectively provide students with a number of different extracurricular opportunities to develop their courtroom skills.  Program offerings include the Law Center’s six different internal advocacy competitions (the Opening Statement Competition, the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competitions, the Arbitration Competition, and the Chancellor’s Cup Senior Appellate Challenge), over twenty-five different traveling advocacy competition teams, the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Boards, and a number of other skills development programs.

Professor Jeffrey Brooks, the Preis PLC Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice, and representatives of the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Boards will be present at the meeting to explain the various program offerings, describe how students can sign up to participate in the many Advocacy Program events scheduled for the fall semester, discuss the tryout processes for traveling competition teams, and otherwise answer questions.  Students can also visit the Advocacy Programs website,, for information on this semester’s offerings, competition case files, and a calendar of upcoming events.

Questions about the interest meeting should be directed to Prof. Brooks at

Start: August 18, 2015 12:40 am
End: August 18, 2015 1:40 pm

August 19, 2015

Energy Certificate Orientation

Requirements for earning the Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy will be fully explained, with time for Q&A.  Orientation is mandatory for certificate students who did not attend the spring 2015 orientation. 3L deadline to apply for the program is Mon., Aug. 17, 2015.

2Ls are encouraged to apply for inclusion in certificate-related communications.

Start: August 19, 2015 12:40 pm
End: August 19, 2015 1:40 pm

August 21, 2015

Mandatory 1L Vendor Trainings

Start: August 21, 2015 1:40 pm
End: August 21, 2015 3:20 pm

August 23, 2015

Trial Advocacy “Boot Camp” Workshop

The Trial Advocacy Board will hold a “boot camp” workshop for all interested 2Ls and 3Ls on Sunday, August 23rd from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in Room 110.  This workshop will be taught by Professor Brooks and the attorney coaches of the Law Center’s external teams, and will provide students with a basic foundation in trial techniques, including opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross examinations, common objections, and more.  The boot camp workshop is intended for students who plan to participate in the 2015 Opening Statement Competition, the fall and spring Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competitions, the Arbitration Competition, and/or those who plan to try out for trial advocacy external (traveling) teams.

The Board will be utilizing last year’s fall Flory case file, State of Louisiana v. Andy Bellefleur, for the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to skim the case file in advance of the workshop.

Students with questions about the workshop can email the Trial Advocacy Board at or Professor Brooks at  The program will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

For more information on the Law Center’s Advocacy Programs, visit

Start: August 23, 2015 1:00 pm
End: August 23, 2015 5:00 pm
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