Membership on the Board of Advocates is based on the process below, as codified in the Board of Advocates By-Laws. Students in their second year are invited to sit on the Board of Advocates based on a holistic application that looks at a student’s success in the Law Center’s many different internal and external advocacy opportunities.
Students can submit their board application at this link. Board applications must be submitted no later than Friday, March 20, at 12:00 pm noon. Students can submit this application as early as January 2020; the Director of Advocacy Programs will update early applications with any competition successes that occur later in the semester.
Automatic Board Membership
The following students will automatically receive invitations to sit on the Board of Advocates:
- The 2 winners of the Opening Statement Competition
- The 4 finalists in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition
- The 2 “Best Brief” award winners in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition
- Any 2L students who were finalists in the Fall Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition (a maximum of 4 students)
- Any 2L students who are finalists in the Spring Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition (a maximum of 4 students)
- Any 2L students who are finalists in the Dean’s Cup Moot Court Competition (a maximum of 2 students)
- Any 2L students who are finalists in the Transactional Competition (a maximum of 4 students)
- Any 2L students who receive the “Best Contract” Award in the Transactional Competition (a maximum of 2 students)
Note: Students who are automatically eligible for Board membership must still submit the online application linked above.
Membership by Application
The Preis PLC Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice will invite additional students to sit on the Board of Advocates based on the point criteria set forth as follows. Interested students will fill out an online application in which they provide the below information.
- Internal Competition Score (to be provided by the Preis PLC Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice): An applicant’s starting base score shall be determined based on their highest individual average score from any of the internal competitions in which that student participated as compared to the overall average preliminary rounds score for that competition. (Participation in the Opening Statement Competition will be considered differently due to the nature of that competition.)
- A student whose highest average individual score placed in the top 1/3 of that competition shall receive 15 BMPs, or
- A student whose highest individual average score placed in the middle 1/3 of that competition shall receive 10 BMPs, or
- A student whose highest individual average score placed in the bottom 1/3 of that competition shall receive 5 BMPs, or
- A student who only participated in the Opening Statement Competition and no other internal competition(s) shall receive 5 BMPs, or
- A student who did not compete in any internal competitions shall receive 0 (zero) BMPs.Note: This process is intended to standardize BMPs received based on the varying scoring systems used by and the levels of participation in the different internal competitions, and recognizes the training and entry-level nature of the Opening Statement Competition.
- Internal Competition Participation: The applicant shall receive 2 BMPs for each Advocacy Programs internal competitions the applicant competed in as an “attorney.” (Serving as a witness for any internal competition in your second year does count for this section, but serving as a bailiff/timekeeper in your second year does not count for this section.) The applicant will receive 2 BMPs for each internal competition they participated in after their first competition (for example, a student who did 3 internal competitions their 2L year would receive 4 BMPs in this category).
- Opening Statement Competition (2 BMPs)
- Fall Flory Trial Competition (2 BMPs)
- Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition (2 BMPs)
- Spring Flory Trial Competition (2 BMPs)
- Dean’s Cup Moot Court Competition (2 BMPs)
- Transactional Competition (2 BMPs)
- Internal Competition Advancement: The applicant shall receive 2 BMPs for each time their team advanced in any internal Advocacy Programs Competition. (For example, an applicant that advanced once in the Fall Flory Trial Competition and advanced once in the Transactional Competition would receive 4 BMPs.). (If you are a witness for the advancing internal competition team in your second year, you will receive the advancement BMPS with the “attorney” members).
- Membership on External Advocacy Teams: The applicant shall receive 10 BMPs for being selected to participate on any external advocacy team. If the applicant is selected to participate on a second external team, he or she will receive an additional 10 BMPs. (For example, if you participate in two separate external teams, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, you will receive 20 BMPs). External team alternates shall receive 5 BMPs.
- Note: The Preis PLC Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice has the discretion to revoke the external team membership BMPs if a member does not fulfill all of his or her responsibilities of external team membership, including, but not limited to, attending practices and submitting quality written submissions for competition.
- External Team Advancement & Awards:
- The applicant shall receive 4 BMPs for each time their external team advanced at their external competition. For example, an applicant whose team wins a national championship shall receive 4 BMPs for each time they advanced (4 BMPs for advancing to octofinals, 4 BMPs for quarterfinals, 4 BMPs for semifinals, and 4 points for winning the championship, for a total of 16 BMPs.)
- The applicant shall also receive 4 BMPs for each award received by their team that reflects the applicant’s contribution to the team (i.e.; an applicant shall receive 4 BMPs for a team award such as Best Brief or if they themselves win a Best Individual Oralist award, but they shall not receive any BMPs if one of their teammates wins a Best Individual Oralist award.)
- Program Volunteering: A student shall receive 1 Volunteer Point for each time they volunteered for the program in their second year as an external competition witness, timekeeper, bailiff, or any other role. Note that participation as an internal competition witness in the second year (Flory witness) is considered in section (ii).