Tryouts

Above is an informational video on how to sign up and tryout for off-campus teams.

If you want to see videos of past competitions, or for more resources, view our Advocate Education Series page.

General Information

Some of the benefits of off-campus teams include:

  • 1 Hour of Class Credit
    • You can get 1 hour of credit for each team you compete on, up to 4 hours total (limit of 2 credit hours per each type of advocacy competition, i.e. up to 2 for moot court, up to 2 for mock trial, etc. SMU Law limit on non-graded credit hours is 6)
  • Networking
    • With your coaches who are practicing attorneys
    • With guest judges during your practices leading up to the competition
    • With judges and attorneys at the competition who typically practice in the field that is covered by the competition topic
    • With students who are now your classmates and will later become your colleagues
  • Order of Barristers
    • 5 BOA Competition points for being on a team (7 points for prestige teams)
    • One of only two honors you can graduate with in law school
    • Only 10 students in each graduating class are chosen for this honor
    • You must be a “Master” level advocate to qualify. To become a Master, you must earn 30 competition points and 10 administrative points
  • Build your skills
    • Research
    • Writing
    • Oral Advocacy
    • Teamwork
  • Make new friends and have fun!

If you have any questions about trying a team, please contact Jason Tams at jtams@smu.edu or Sean Burns at sburns@smu.edu.

Stay tuned for tryout dates for Spring 2022!