Advocacy at Texas Tech Law

Recent Championships and Top Finishes

National and International

  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition—November 2013—National Champions
  • Hassell National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition—October 2013—National Champions
  • National Pretrial Advocacy Competition—October 2013—National Finalists
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition—April 2013—National Champions
  • Show-Me Challenge National Voir Dire Tournament—April 2013—National Champions
  • Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition—April 2013—National Finalists
  • National Energy Law Moot Court Competition—March 2013—National Champions
  • National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition—February 2013—National Semifinalists
  • ABA Negotiation Competition—February 2013—National Semifinalists
  • National Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition – October 2012 –National Champions and National Finalists (two teams)
  • National Moot Court Competition – February 2012 and February 2011 – National Champions
  • ABA Arbitration Competition – January 2012 – National Champions

State and Regional

  • ABA Arbitration Competition—November 2013—Regional Champions
  • Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competitions—October 2013—State Champions
  • TYLA Texas State Moot Court Competition—June 2013—State Champions
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition – March 2013, March 2012, March 2011—Regional Champions
  • ABA Client Counseling Competition – February 2012 – Regional Champions
  • National Moot Court Competition – November 2011– Regional Champions

Best Brief/Oralist Awards

  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition—November 2013—Best Advocate of Preliminary Rounds
  • National Pretrial Advocacy Competition—October 2013—Best Plaintiff’s Brief and Best Advocate of Final Round
  • National Latino/a Law Student Association Moot Court Competition—September 2013—Best Petitioner’s Brief
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition—April 2013—Best Advocate of Preliminary Rounds
  • Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition—April 2013—Best Brief
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition – March 2012 – Regional Best Brief
  • National Moot Court Competition – February 2012 – National Best Brief
  • National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition – February 2012 – National Best Brief
  • National Moot Court Competition – February 2012 – Runner-Up National Best Advocate
  • National Moot Court Competition – February 2011 – National Best Advocate

Darby Dickerson bio page"Texas Tech Law is focused on training students to become outstanding attorneys who serve their clients and communities with great skill, compassion, and professionalism. Our award-winning advocacy programs are an important component of this training. Our faculty and alumni are fiercely devoted to helping students hone their advocacy skills; it is a hallmark of a Texas Tech Law education."

– Darby Dickerson, Dean of Texas Tech University School of Law


Texas Tech University School of Law's Advocacy Program has established itself among the nation's elite through its extraordinary success in regional, national, and international competitions. Students learn and perfect practical lawyering skills by conducting legal research, drafting briefs, and participating in tournaments that test client counseling, negotiation, and oral argument skills. They also work closely with faculty, staff, and alumni mentors who set the example for competent, professional practice.

The Advocacy Program is dual-faceted, offering opportunities for students to compete at both an intraschool and interschool level. The law school’s Board of Barristers – a student group consisting of the most accomplished third-year advocates – administers eight in-school competitions a year in negotiation, mock trial, and moot court. Three of those eight competitions are specifically for first-year students.

In April of each year, rising second- and third-year students may try out for interschool teams that travel throughout the country and the world to compete against other law schools. Students are evaluated by the traveling team coaches, who make decisions about what students to put on particular teams.

For more information on Tech Law’s competitions and teams, contact Director of Advocacy Rob Sherwin.

Fast Facts

  • Texas Tech Law fields 30 teams in moot court, mock trial, arbitration, negotiation, and client counseling each year.
  • Texas Tech Law has won 31 state, regional, national, and international championships and 33 best brief/best advocate awards in the past five years.
  • In 2012 and 2013, Texas Tech Law won eight national championships, ten state/regional championships, and fifteen best brief/advocate awards at national competitions.
  • In 2011 and 2012, Texas Tech Law became just the second school to win back-to-back national championships at the National Moot Court Competition, the oldest interschool moot court competition in the country. It followed that up in 2013 with a win at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the largest interschool moot court competition in the country.
  • Texas Tech Law is one of just four schools in the country to finish in the top ten of the Blakely Advocacy Institute’s moot court rankings each of the past four years.
  • Texas Tech Law is the only law school in Texas to finish as semifinalists or better at the Texas State Moot Court Competition each of the past five years. The law school has won the state title twice in that span—more than any other law school in the state.
  • Nearly 20 percent of second- and third-year students are members of traveling teams.
  • More than 75 percent of the student body participates in at least one intraschool or interschool advocacy competition before graduation.
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