Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University 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.

There are two components to the program: the three credit Trial Advocacy course, typically offered in the fall, where students are trained on how to try a case, and the numerous mock trial competitions in which Duquesne Kline University participates.

The Trial Advocacy course is taught by actual, practicing trial attorneys, and covers all aspects of trial, from motions in limine to closing argument. Unlike traditional law school courses, students learn not by lecture, but by actually trying two cases during the course of the semester.

Every year, Duquesne Kline University sends our best trial advocacy students to compete at regional and national trial advocacy competitions. Those teams are coached by practicing attorneys, most of whom are Duquesne Kline alumni.

Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator, Peter D. Giglione, is an adjunct professor and graduate of Duquesne Law. Giglione is a firm partner with extensive trial experience.


Students interested in participating in trial advocacy programs must audition for the trial advocacy class, an intensive five (5) credit course. Students are selected and appointed to the trial teams based on their performance in the course.

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