Trial Advocacy Team 2019-2020

Trial Advocacy Program

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.

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.  

2018-2019 victories include: 

  • Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition: Best Closing Argument
  • Florida State University National Mock Trial Competition: Semi-Finalist, Best Advocate
  • Judge Joseph P. Kelly, Jr. Invitational: Best Opening Statement
  • Lone Star Classic: Best Direct Examination
  • National Trial Advocacy Competition, Pontiac, Michigan: Best Opening Statement, Best Cross Examination
  • Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition: Regional Champion, Best Advocate

Prior victories: Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition 2014, 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. 

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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