The Law Center’s Advocacy Programs are administered in large part by two student boards at the LSU Law Center, the Moot Court Board and the Trial Advocacy Board. Membership on one or both of these boards is an academic honor awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in the art of advocacy.
The purpose of the Moot Court Board is to promote the development of oral and written appellate advocacy skills; to train students in all fields and phases of appellate advocacy; and to advance the science of jurisprudence. The Moot Court Board sponsors the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, the Dean’s Cup Competition, all external appellate advocacy competition teams, and works with the legal writing faculty to promote appellate advocacy among the 1L class.
The Trial Advocacy Board provides practical trial and alternative dispute resolution experience to the student body of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. The Trial Advocacy Board sponsors a number of external traveling teams, organizes the Ira S. Flory Trial Competitions and Transactional Competition for second and third-year students, and organizes the Opening Statement Competition for second-year law students.
Both boards are overseen by Prof. Jeffrey Brooks, the Preis PLC Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice.