Honors Programs

Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council

Honors Council Member Information

Students who rank in the top third of their class after completion of all first-year required courses are eligible to become a member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Council. The director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution must explicitly waive this requirement for a council applicant who ranks outside the top third. Council applicants must also participate in the council tryout/competition process, unless given a specific waiver by the Center director. Only students who have successfully completed Trial Advocacy and Evidence will be eligible to try out for any trial team. Students who have successfully completed Evidence or are currently enrolled in Evidence may try out for placement on a trial scrimmage team. Any currently enrolled student seeking a JD degree may try out for and compete on any interscholastic mediation, client counseling, or negotiation competition team after completion of all required first-year courses.

As a honors council member, you have the opportunity and resources to assist you in developing the skills you need to become a dynamic advocate and proficient in resolving conflicts. The honors council is charged with a threefold mission: service, education, and research.

The service initiative is accomplished by participating in a number of scholastic competitions that promote the art of advocacy. As a council member, you participate in various facets of these competitions.

Education is promoted through offering lectures, panel discussions, and demonstrations dealing with various aspects of advocacy and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). As a council member, you should attend all of our lectures, panel discussions, and demonstrations in order to improve your proficiency with various aspects of advocacy and dispute resolution. You will also have the opportunity to share your talents and insights with others by being active participants in our demonstrations and workshops.

Research is promoted through reviewing current social and legal issues affecting litigation and ADR. Council members are required to assist the board in administering the annual Spring 1L Mock Trial Competition, and any other competitions hosted by the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council or the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. After one semester of service on our council you are eligible to interview for a position on the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board. Board members receive partial tuition waivers for their semester of service.

To continue the tradition of success and to achieve our mission, Honors Council members must fulfill one office hour per week during the semester and complete the requisite number of activity hours. In addition, Council members are required to assist the Board in administering the Spring 1L Mock Trial Competition, and any other competitions being hosted by the school.As a reminder after one semester of service on our council you are eligible to interview for a position on the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board. Board members receive partial tuition waivers for their semester of service.