The first team to compete this year did not fare well. A report from the second team doesn't hold out much hope. A wall in the Trial Advocacy office tells us we shouldn't be all that surprised. Maybe it's time for a change.
I think the better practice would be to have a regular Trial Advocacy class for 2Ls (it wouldn't have to be a mandatory class, but you might want to have three classes of 20 open exclusively to 2Ls) during the Spring semester and then to hold tryouts either during the summer, the beginning of 3L or perhaps have their "final" in Trial Advocacy act as the tryout - kind of like the way Moot Court does it.
Taking a Trial Advocacy class now, I feel that I'm so much more prepared now to show off my true abilities as a trial advocate than I was last year trying out for ITAP when I had no idea. A quick thank you to Prof. Rolnick for that.
Of course, it's probably impossible to add three more classes of Trial Advocacy. But if SWLAW wants to be better represented at those Trial Advocacy competitions....