Trying Trial Advocacy, with Brandon Draper

Trying Trial Advocacy, with Brandon Draper

Jelena & Branden talk to Brandon Draper, Director of the Trial Advocacy Center for the South Texas College of Law Houston, which is currently ranked 3rd in the nation in Trial Advocacy.

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Mock Trial? Moot Court? Both? Neither? If you’re passionate, competitive, dedicated, and interested in honing your courtroom skills before graduation, joining a trial advocacy team might be for you.

In this episode, Jelena & Branden-with-an-e talk to Brandon-with-an-o Draper, Director of the Trial Advocacy Center for the South Texas College of Law Houston, which is currently ranked 3rd in the nation in Trial Advocacy.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. Whether you can be competitive in mock trial/moot court in law school, even if you didn’t do high school debate or join a trial advocacy team as an undergrad
  2. How competing in trial advocacy prepares future litigators for the courtroom
  3. Where competitive trial advocacy differs from actual lawyering
  4. How to decide between mock trial and moot court
  5. Why some law schools do so much better than others in trial advocacy competitions
  6. How to pursue a career in trial advocacy programs, if you just really love trial advocacy so much you don’t want to leave after graduation!
  7. And more!

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STCL Trial Advocacy Program

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


Brandon Draper

Brandon Draper

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