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Team Tryouts Information

All students interested in participating on one of the Law Center’s moot court (appellate advocacy), trial advocacy, or dispute resolution/transactional external competition teams must participate in the tryouts process.  Each of these three areas (appellate, trial, and dispute resolution) have their own tryouts process.  Students should carefully review the list of all available teams and familiarize themselves with each tryouts process.


Moot Court Team Tryouts Information

Tryouts for moot court (appellate) teams consist of three parts – (a) completion of the tryouts registration form, (b) submission of a writing sample and (c) oral arguments. All interested students, both new and returning members, must go through the tryouts process.

  • Step 1: Tryout Registration: All students interested in trying out for appellate teams must first complete the tryouts registration form. Students can register for tryouts at this link. The form must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on September 15, 2020.
  • Step 2: Writing Sample Submission: To finalize tryouts registration, students must submit a writing sample to advocacyprogram@lsu.edu. The writing sample is also due by 11:59 pm on September 15, 2020. The type of writing sample required is determined based on a student’s year in law school:
    • 2Ls: Second-year students trying out for a moot court external team must participate in this year’s Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition.  2Ls must submit the Argument section of their Tullis brief for the issue they write on as their Tullis writing sample.
    • 3Ls: Third-year students trying out for a moot court external team may submit either the Argument section on their issue from last year’s Tullis problem or a legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages.  3Ls trying out for a moot court external team are not required to have participated in last year’s Tullis Competition.
  • Step 3: Oral Arguments: Oral argument tryouts will be held online via Zoom on September 22 and 23, 2020. The tryouts require all participants (2L and 3L) to present a 10-minute oral argument to a panel of Moot Court coaches. Oral arguments will utilize this year’s Tullis Competition problem.  For oral argument. participants may choose which of the two questions presented they wish to argue and which side they wish to represent.
  • Practice Oral Arguments: The Board of Advocates will conduct practice oral arguments for any interested students from September 16-21. If you are interested in participating in a practice oral argument, you can select a time using this survey link.
  • Appellate Oral Argument Resources: A video and slides on how to prepare for and present an appellate oral argument can be found on the Advocacy Programs Resources page.

Trial Advocacy Team Tryouts Information

Trial advocacy (mock trial) external team tryouts will be conducted via submission of a video-recorded opening statement.  All interested students, both new and returning members, must go through the tryouts process. Participation in the  Flory Trial competition is not required to try out for a trial advocacy external team.

  • Tryouts Process: All students trying out will be asked to record a 7- minute opening statement, using the fall semester’s Flory Trial Competition problem. (Students can choose to give the opening for the prosecution or defense.) Once the video has been recorded, students should include a link to the video as a part of their Trial Advocacy External Team Tryouts Signup Form. Both the tryouts signup form and final video must be submitted by 11:59 pm on September 4, 2020.
  • How-To Video on Recording and Submitting Tryout: A short video that walks through the recording and submissions process is available at this link. (Slides from this video can be found here.)
  • Tips on Recording an Opening Statement: Advocacy Fellow Danny Bosch has prepared a short video walking through a checklist of items to include in an opening statement. It can found here. (Slides from the presentation can be found here.)
  • Sample Opening Statement: Board of Advocates member (and 2019 Opening Statement Competition winner) Blane Mader has made a video of a sample opening statement, which can be viewed here. This opening statement is a sample only.
  • Pre-Tryout Video Review: Students can submit a video for review and critique by the Board of Advocates prior to submitting their final video with their tryout form. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, you must submit your video for critique to the Board using this form no later than Sept. 1 at 5:00 p.m. The sooner you submit, the sooner you will be able to receive feedback. All feedback will be returned via email no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on September 3.

Dispute Resolution Team Tryouts Information

Dispute resolution and transactional team tryouts will be conducted via submission of a video-recorded pre-negotiation strategy presentation. All interested students, both new and returning members, must go through the tryouts process.

  • Tryouts Process: Students should first download and read the Dispute Resolution Tryouts Case File, Crown Games, Inc. and Stephen Gardiner. The Tryouts Case File contains detailed instructions on the questions that students should answer in their video submission. Once students have recorded their pre-negotiation strategy presentation, they should complete the Dispute Resolution Team Tryouts Form. Both the tryouts signup form and final video must be submitted by 11:59 pm on September 4, 2020.
  • How-To Video on Recording and Submitting Tryout: A short video that walks through the recording and submissions process is available at this link. (Slides from this video can be found here.)
  • Pre-Tryout Video Review: Students can submit a video for review and critique by the Board of Advocates prior to submitting their final video with their tryout form. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, you must submit your video for critique to the Board using this form no later than Sept. 1 at 5:00 p.m. The sooner you submit, the sooner you will be able to receive feedback. All feedback will be returned via email no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on September 3.