Trial Advocacy Team Tryouts Info

2017-2018 Trial Advocacy Team Tryouts Information:

Trial Advocacy external team tryouts will be held Aug. 30-31, 2017, in the Robinson Courtroom.  All interested students, both new and returning members, must go through the tryouts process.  Participation in the Opening Statement and/or Flory Trial competitions is not required to try out for a trial advocacy team.  All students trying out will be asked to perform certain portions of a criminal trial in front of Professor Brooks and a panel of Trial Advocacy board members using the fall semester’s Flory Trial Competition problem.  (Trial Advocacy Board members will play the witnesses.) Students trying out should prepare to present based on their class standing and trial team experience, as follows:

  • 2L students will be required to perform both a 5-minute cross-examination of an assigned witness and a 5-minute opening statement.  (Students may choose which side they wish to represent, and will be informed of their assigned witness after registration.)
  • Returning 3L students (those who were on a Trial Advocacy external competition team last year) will be required to perform both a 5-minute closing argument and a 5-minute cross-examination of an assigned witness.   (Students may choose which side they wish to represent, and will be informed of their assigned witness after registration.)
  • New 3L students (those who were not on a Trial Advocacy external competition team last year) will be required to present a 5-minute opening statement, a 5-minute direct examination, and a 5-minute cross-examination.   (Students may choose which side they wish to represent.)

Registration for tryouts will open on August 14, 2017.

For a list of the trial advocacy and ADR competitions in which the Law Center will participate in 2017-2018, please visit https://advocacy.law.lsu.edu/competitions/external-teams/.