Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Trial Advocacy Honors Program

The Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP) was created in 1994 for students who are interested in developing the important litigation skills and valuable confidence necessary to excel in trial advocacy. Through TAHP, members (or advocates) learn to express their creativity in a simulated trial atmosphere, presenting arguments with composure and poise, while mastering the rules of evidence.

Teams participate in national and regional mock trial competitions (consisting of both criminal and civil trials) throughout the academic year, where they demonstrate case preparation, pre-trial motions and preliminary matters, opening and closing statements, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, and use of exhibits. Advocates have earned awards at some of the nation's most prestigious invitation-only competitions, judged by distinguished members of the bench and bar.

TAHP advocates have the privilege of being trained by Southwestern faculty and alumni coaches whose dedication to the program has made it what it is today. Professors Joseph Esposito '89 and Bill Seki '88, serve as co-directors of the program.

TAHP Students Shine in Southern California Courts
This summer, Anastasia Sagorsky and Michael Morse got to have their days in court. Sargosky, Chair of Southwestern's Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP), won a competition held for clerks working in the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Morse, a TAHP board member who externed for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, had the opportunity to serve as First Chair in a misdemeanor domestic violence case at the Compton Courthouse. Both credit Southwestern's TAHP program with preparing them for such successful and productive summer experiences. Read more.