Membership Levels

Participating in a BOA event is a great way for students to develop the advocacy skills that are vital to a lawyer’s success.  Once you have registered, you are eligible to earn BOA points and may begin working your way towards official membership in the organization.

The Board of Advocates has three levels of membership:

Member Advocate Master

5 Competition  &
3 Administrative

16 Competition &
5 Administrative

30 Competition &
10 Administrative

Upon attaining member status, you may vote on BOA issues. Additionally, those members who reach the Master level with the Board of Advocates will be honored with a Master Level Gavel and are eligible for entry into the prestigious Order of Barristers, a national honors society.


How do I Earn BOA points?

Board of Advocates membership levels are acquired by earning “points.” Points are divided into two general categories, “Competition” and “Administrative.” Please read the BOA’s Official Points Rules regarding points submission. All points are now submitted by the BOA Director in charge of that event. Please see here for more information on points submissions.

Competition: These are the membership points earned through competing in on- or off-campus competitions. You can also earn competition points for participating in the Dallas Kids Project if you choose BOA points over public service hours

Administrative: These are the membership points earned by assiting the BOA in a variety of administrative areas. There are two sub-categories of administrative points: service and participation.

  • Service Points are earned by activities such as serving as a bailiff (time-keeper) or witness in on-campus competition rounds, participating as a Chief Justice in the Jackson Walker Moot Court competition, serving as an instructor for the Dallas Kids Project, among other activities. You may also earn service points by being an officer in the BOA Executive Council or simply by helping the BOA with any approved business (for example, helping the officers run an event). There is no limit to how many service points you may earn, and they are considered good evidence of support for advocacy on an Order of Barristers Application.
  • Participation Points are earned by attending BOA competitions such as the final round of the Howie Sweeney Moot Court Competition. Participation Points must be advertised by the BOA in advance; simply attending a competition does not guaranty earning these points. Furthermore, you are limited to five participation points in your law school career.
  • Please note that SMU only allows a maximum 10 hours of Dallas Kids Project work to count towards the 30-hour service requirement for graduation. 
  • Below are the points breakdown per type and event. The BOA reserves the right to make changes to these rules. Please contact the Membership Director with any questions or comments.