ITAP includes within it the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB) and the Moot Court Honors Board (MCHB).These organizations provide students with training and experience in all aspects of trial and appellate advocacy. Each year they invite students who have completed their first year of legal education to join their organizations based on intramural competitions.
For MCHB, the competition involves brief writing and oral argument. For TAHB, the competition involves cross- examination and closing argument. Students selected to join TAHB and MCHB then represent Whittier Law School at regional, national, and international interschool competitions.
In recent years, TAHB members have participated in competitions in Chicago, LasVegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and Seattle. MCHB also competes in roughly a half-dozen competitions annually, including a recent appearance at an international commercial arbitration competition in Vienna, Austria.
In addition, Whittier Law School offers students the opportunity to participate in advocacy competitions not sponsored by MCHB and TAHB. For example, each year Whittier’s Center for Children’s Rights hosts a Juvenile Moot Court Competition. Whittier students also compete in a national negotiation and mediation competitions.