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The Order of Barristers

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization that encourages oral advocacy and brief-writing skills through effective UWLS advocacy programs. The Order provides national recognition for individuals who excel in participating in and running advocacy programs at their respective schools.
Eligible students may apply for membership in The Order of Barristers. Students in their last year of law school are eligible if they competed in two moot court competitions. Students do not need to have participated in the Moot Court Honor Board to apply. Applications may be downloaded through the UW MCHB website and will be posted to the Student Announcements and Class of 2015 Facebook page.
All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on May 1, 2015 to the MCHB office, where they will be collected by Ben Byers, MCHB VP of Development. Late applications will not be considered. Three faculty members will be appointed by the Dean to the selection committee, which will select as many or as few applicants that the committee feels are deserving of an invitation (up to the maximum number permitted by UWLS Chapter of the Order of the Barristers’ constitution).
Students should be notified of their application result by Friday May 8, 2015. If you have any questions about the application process please email Ben Byers at benjab2@uw.edu.

The application form is available HERE.

Applicants must be graduating 3Ls who have competed in at least two different moot court or mock trial competitions. Participating in the same competition in two different years (e.g., competing in the Falknor Competition during both 2L and 3L years) does not fulfill this requirement.

3Ls submit applications to the Order during Spring quarter. A faculty committee reviews the applications and selects students for membership. The Committee selects students as allowed by the Order's constitution (in past years, this has generally allowed UW Law to select up to ten students). However, the Committee may select fewer members if it believes fewer students are deserving. After the Committee makes its selections, the Law School Dean reviews and either validates or amends the selections.

The Committee uses the following criteria in making its selection for membership:
  1. Membership on intercollegiate teams and performance in intercollegiate competitions, OR participation in tryouts for intercollegiate teams
  2. Participation and performance in intramural competitions
  3. Participation and performance in the administration of the school's moot court programs. This includes, but is not limited to, substantial work completed as a Moot Court Honor Board member
  4. Participation and performance in any programs for the instruction of other law students in brief writing and/or oral advocacy skills
  5. Performance record in the school's brief writing and/or oral advocacy courses

The application process for 2015 graduates closes May 1st at 5:00 p.m. No applications will be accepted after this point.

Students who are admitted to the Order of the Barristers will be notified directly by a faculty member.

For more information about the Order of Barristers selection process, please see the Moot Court Honor Board Bylaws. If you have questions, please contact 
Ben Byers, MCHB VP of Development at benjab2@uw.edu. 

Congratulations to the 2013 Order of Barristers Honorees:

  • Nate Bingham
  • Brie Coyle 
  • Jeff Degroot
  • Michelle Gregoire
  • Spencer Hutchins
  • Andy Murphy
  • Ashley Sherwood
  • Jon Smith 
  • Michelle Taft
  • Ashley Wilson