Effective client representation, leadership, and advocacy are the hallmark of the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Trial and Appellate Advocacy Program. Over 100 students participate in the Advocacy program each year. Students demonstrate their knowledge and advocacy skills in multiple practice settings, including criminal, civil, family, health, medical malpractice, intellectual property, tax, employment, international, and transactional law.
Members of the Advocacy teams have demonstrated their success nationally, including these recent accomplishments:
- National Champion, 2019 VoirDire UMKC "Show Me" Voir Dire Competition
- Best Overall Advocate, 2019 VoirDire UMKC "Show Me" Voir Dire Competition
- Bailey Trophy, 2019 NTA South Texas Challenge for outstanding brief
- Quarter-Finalist, 2019 NTA South Texas Challenge
- Winner, 2018 Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition
- Semi-Finalist, 2018 University of Georgia Regional LawMeet
- Best Overall Advocate, 2018 Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition
- Best Direct Examination, 2017 at the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition
- Winner, 2017 Intellectual Patently Impossible Project
- Winner, 2017 Black Lawyer Student Association Mock Trial Competition
- Second Place, 2017 National Tax Law Moot Court Competition
- Best Oral Presentation, 2017 Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Competition
- Second place, 2016 National Thomas Tang Competition
- Best Brief, 2016 Regional National Thomas Tang Competition
- Best Overall Voir Dire, 2016 UMKC “Show Me” Voir Dire Competition
- Best Advocate in a Round, 2016 Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition
- Winner, 2015 National Family Law Competition
- Best Overall Advocate, 2015 Buffalo/Niagara Mock Trial Competition
- Best Overall Advocate, 2015 South Texas Mock Trial Competition
- Winner, 2015 LawMeets Transactional Law Competition
- Winner, 2015 Health LawMeets Transactional Law Competition
In addition, several student organizations sponsor competition teams for national competitions, including the Black Student Lawyer’s Association, Hispanic Law Student’s Association, and the Intellectual Property Student Association.
The Advocacy program is built on a comprehensive mix of classes and extracurricular offerings, including numerous specialized skills courses and a host of clinical and field placements. Beyond the classes and clinics, the experiential learning opportunities include over thirty-four national trial, appellate, and transactional law student competition teams. Students bring their training into both the courtroom and the boardroom.
Advocacy students work one on one with expert faculty members, lawyers, and judges from our community who foster their training and share insights from practice. This partnership opens doors for NSU advocacy students by way of clerkships, internships, and future jobs.