The Society of Advocates ("SOA") is Boyd's honorary, co-curricular moot court and mock trial teams.
For membership on SOA’s moot court team, students are selected based on their performance on their written appellate brief for their second semester lawyering process class and their in-class oral argument. Also, to be eligible for SOA, students must participate in the Clark County Bar Association Moot Court Competition, which is typically held at the end of April during 1L year. Once students are invited onto the team after their first year, students will participate in a third lawyering process class specifically for SOA. In this legal writing class, students focus on writing an appellate brief for the United States Supreme Court and preparing an oral argument. After taking this class, students compete in moot court competitions across the country.
For membership on SOA’s mock trial team, students are selected through the law school’s intra-school trial advocacy competition usually held in February or March. The competition is only open to students in their first year of law school. The top performing students are then invited to the mock trial team and compete as part of Boyd’s trial team at competitions across the country. Students who accept their invitation to join the mock trial team are strongly encouraged to enroll in Evidence as soon as possible so they are well prepared to represent Boyd in their competitions.
In addition to the moot court and mock trial teams, SOA also represents Boyd at client counseling competitions, negotiation competitions, and more. Students who win Boyd's intra-school competitions become members of SOA to represent SOA in the limited capacity of their corresponding competitions.