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.

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 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 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 alumni.  Our recent victories include:

2020-2021 Victories include: 

  • 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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