Excellence in Trial Advocacy
Duquesne University School of Law offers a nationally recognized trial advocacy program that seeks to prepare students to be courtroom-ready advocates. Through comprehensive coursework and competition experience, the program develops students' skills in case analysis, trial preparation, effective communication, witness preparation and case presentation.
Experienced faculty, alumni, trial lawyers and judges join the trial advocacy program director, Professor Amelia Michele Joiner, in training, mentoring and nurturing student advocates. Each year, the students participate in regional and national competitions across the country.
With more than 15 years of program excellence, the list of trial advocacy wins is extensive. Recent victories include: Mid-Atlantic Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition 2013, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition 2011, National Champion; Tournament of Champions 2008, National Champion; and Buffalo-Niagara Invitational Mock Trial Competition 2008, National Champion. Duquesne University School of Law teams also have numerous American Association for Justice finalist and semi-finalist titles and National Trial Competition regional finalist appearances. Learn more.
Meet the Fall 2013 Duquesne National Trial Team
National Trial Advocacy Competition
Tournament of Champions
Our National Trial Team finished the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Birmingham, Alabama as semi-finalists. The competition accepts only the top teams in the country. Read more.
Andrew Rothey (left)
Mary Kathleen Serratelli
Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition
Not shown: Sara Linkosky
National Civil Trial Competition
Meet all of the individual members of the National Trial Team.