Tryouts

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

Coaching Sessions


Coaching sessions will be available for students who would like a little extra practice in preparation for tryouts. Sessions will be coached by veteran advocates during the week leading up to tryouts. (November 5th through 9th).

Signing up for Tryouts


Find an updated list of the Fall 2018 off-campus teams, including pertinent information about tryouts for each team here:  Spring 2019 BOA OFF-CAMPUS TEAMS

Applications for Tryouts will be accepted until November 9th, 2018 at 12:00 pm. All Applications must be emailed to boa.tryout@gmail.com. The application is here: LastName FirstName – SEMESTER YEAR BOA Tryout Application

The deadline to apply and sign up for a tryout slot for an off-campus team is November 9th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. The link for the tryout schedulerTRYOUT SIGNUP LINK .

More information may be found here on this semester’s tryout sessions: Board of Advocates Off-Campus Advocacy: Spring 2019

Finally, if you want to see videos of past competitions, or for more resources, view our Advocate Education Series page here: Advocate Education Series

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 Gina Mills (gmills@smu.edu) or Nicole Feragen (nferagen@smu.edu).