TISL's Senate and House of Representatives, which first convened in 1966, meet in the legislative chambers of the State Capitol each November. Delegates draft bills and amendments to express their views on state politics, participate in committees, learn parliamentary procedure and the legislative process, and develop debate and public speaking skills.
Producers, editors, and reporters of TISL Media report in a variety of ways about events at TISL. Delegates practice principles of independent journalism, write, edit, and post articles and videos, and learn about media markets and tips for covering and examining state politics. Current initiatives include a printed newsletter at the General Assembly, blogging, interviews, and social media platforms.
The judicial branch of TISL is the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court. The Court presides over the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3) at the same time the TISL legislature is meeting each November. AMC3 is a moot court competition for non-law students simulating an appellate court. Colleges form teams of two to five members to prepare a brief and argue a hypothetical case for the petitioner and respondent before the Court through rounds of debate.
Groups of lobbyists advocate for or against legislation pending before the House and Senate by providing information, depending on their firm’s stance on the issue. Lobbyists put into practice skills in persuasion, communication, knowledge of state policies and politics, and more. Previous Lobbying firms have included: Tennessee Healthcare Professionals, Tennessee Small Business, Tennessee Teachers, Organized Labor, and Tennessee Law Enforcement.