Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County


Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
P.O. Box 14744
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-0744
Phone: 412-343-9266
Fax: 412-343-0192



Academy 53rd Annual Mock Trial Competition

February 17 - 19, 2016
United States Federal Courthouse

Pittsburgh, PA


The 2016 Annual Academy Mock Trial Competition will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania beginning with an orientation dinner session on Wednesday evening, February 17, the Competition on Thursday, February 18, and the finals on Friday, February 19, 2016. The competition is limited to sixteen law schools and is by INVITATION ONLY.  

The Competition has become one of the most prestigious advocacy competitions because of two unique features. One is the involvement of the Federal District Court Judges of the Western District of Pennsylvania, who host the Competition in their individual courtrooms.  The other is with the cooperation of the Allegheny County Medical Society, each competing team is paired with a physician who participates as that team’s expert witness. Every team competing is afforded the unique opportunity to direct and cross examine actual medical experts as part of the experience.

The Competition originated in 1963 as a friendly competition between the two area law schools, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Today, the Competition has flourished to include law schools from the east coast and midwest regions.

The  Competition includes the participation of over 300 volunteers including Academy members, federal judges, physicians, paralegals, court reporters, and high school students who sit as jurors. The Competition, in the words of a former participant, “offers a seamless transition from classroom to courtroom”.

For information about the 2016 Competition schedule, please contact the Academy of Trial Lawyers at 412,343,9266 or by email at



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