For more than seventy years, the Barristers' Council has been providing Georgetown law students with opportunities to hone their advocacy skills. Students who are interested in joining the Council do so through the Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, or Alternative Dispute Resolution division.
Students chosen to join Barristers' Council begin intensive training to represent Georgetown Law at national and international advocacy competitions. All three divisions of Barristers' Council have long histories of competitive success. Barristers' members routinely win or place at the most prestigious moot court, trial advocacy, and ADR competitions in the United States and around the world.
The Appellate Advocacy division of the Barristers' Council runs the Law Center's moot court program, which includes two Georgetown Law competitions each year. The Council is also the proud host of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, a unique interscholastic moot court competition that deals with emerging international law and space law issues.
The Trial Advocacy division of the Barristers' Council runs the Law Center's mock trial program and hosts the White Collar Crime Invitational, a national competition that is the only interscholastic mock trial competition that focuses on white collar cases.
The ADR division of Barristers' Council offers students a unique opportunity to develop sophisticated techniques necessary for competent and ethical representation in ADR proceedings. The ADR division's record of success is outstanding and reflects the Council's exceptional commitment to training and preparation. Students work closely with an impressive network of highly-regarded ADR scholars and practitioners as they prepare to represent Georgetown Law at regional, national, and international competitions focused on arbitration, mediation, client counseling, and negotiation.