Advocacy Program

Adjunct professor teaching class to students seated in the jury box of a courtroom
Adjunct Professor David Henderson ’01 teaches students about jury selection in Advocacy Practice & Theory for the New Millennium

Training Great Advocates to Change the World

Our nationally recognized Advocacy Program at Texas Law teaches students critical advocacy skills, empowering them to achieve fulfilling career paths. Advocacy students hone their trial and appellate advocacy skills in our teaching courtrooms under the supervision of amazing faculty and coaches. Our students use their skills not only in competitions, classes, and clinics, but in any career in the law they pursue.

Winning in Advocacy

The University of Texas School of Law is a winner of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Emil Gumpert Award. Texas Law teams have won numerous mock trial and moot court competitions, including recent national victories at the 2023 Georgetown White Collar Criminal Competition and the 2024 Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, and regional championships at the 2024 TYLA National Trial Competition and the 2023 Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court.

Our students travel together across the country and the world to sharpen their trial and appellate advocacy chops against the very best teams. From New York to New Orleans, from Louisiana to Los Angeles, and from Virginia to Vienna (yes, Austria), our students learn, compete, network, and celebrate their successes together.

Mock trial team of students and coaches holding trophy, standing in courtroom

Competition wins are wonderful (and we are very proud when the University of Texas Tower is lit to celebrate ours), but they also provide an opportunity to create lasting friendships and have fun along the way. Our students come home with the skills to be day-one ready in their careers and to stand out to hiring attorneys and recruiters.

From Classes to Courtroom to Careers

While we know that not every student will choose a career in the courtroom, advocacy skills are immensely valuable for all kinds of lawyers, and we’ve got the graduates to prove it.

Our recent alumni have found fulfilling jobs everywhere:

  • Prestigious judicial clerkships
  • Public interest law
  • Boutique plaintiffs’ firms
  • Biglaw firms
  • Offices of District, County, and U.S. Attorneys
  • Financial agencies and large corporations

Advocacy Program graduates have meaningful opportunities to pursue the career of their choice thanks to Texas Law keeping its cost low compared to other top-tier schools and the Advocacy Program’s own annual scholarship awards.

How to Get Involved

Our courses and interscholastic competitions are open to second and third-year students at Texas Law, but even first-year students have opportunities to participate if they choose. Each February, we offer 1Ls a free Public Speaking Workshop. First-year students can join our student organization the Board of Advocates, can serve as a witness or other volunteer for one of our interscholastic teams, and can compete in several intramural moot court and mock trial competitions here at Texas Law.

The Class of 2023 Order of Barristers posing with their certificates

Producing the Best Advocates in a Fun Environment

Texas Law produces unrivaled advocates in an energetic, collaborative setting. Our students work with practicing lawyers and judges who serve as instructors, mentors, coaches, and mock or moot judges; and who regularly attend Advocacy Program events to meet with students.

The goal of the University of Texas School of Law Advocacy Program is to produce the best advocates in the state and the nation. Whether you’re taking our innovative academic courses, traveling to competitive tournaments, or working with the Board of Advocates, our Advocacy Program will enable you to choose your path and succeed.

Students and faculty standing in front of the University of Texas Tower holding a trophy.
The University of Texas Tower shines burnt orange to honor 2022-23 champions such as our Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court team, pictured here (L to R): coach David Campbell ’08; team members Annie Fogel, Sophia Shams, and Sarah Chavey; Dean Bobby Chesney; and Director of Advocacy Mike Golden ’01.

Texas Law Advocacy in the News

Find more news about the Advocacy Program on Texas Law’s News site.