The 35th Annual National Trial Advocacy College is being held at the University of Virginia School of Law from January 9 – 14, 2016, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The Allegheny County Bar Association’s Federal Court Section, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania’s Attorney Admissions Fund, and the Academy of Trial Lawyers are awarding full and/or partial scholarships.  Applicants located in Western Pennsylvania from the public service and public interest sectors, minority and women applicants, as well as sole/small firm practitioners, and/or ACBA members are strongly encouraged to apply.

This program provides attendees with intensive hands-on advocacy training, daily presentations and captivating demonstrations by the finest trial lawyers and judges in the nation and the opportunity to try an entire case before a live jury presided over by an experienced judge.  The College has attracted a prominent faculty with in excess of 50 trial attorneys, judges, professionals, and experts, many of whom have a long and distinguished tenure with the College. With an enrollment of approximately 150 lawyers per year, the College has refined the skills of thousands of lawyers from across the world, from Australia to South Africa to Japan.

Due to the format of the National Trial Advocacy College, applicants should have approximately 3 - 10 years of legal experience. The full scholarship covers the registration fee, lodging for six nights at the Inn at Darden on the UVA campus, meals, and daily beverage and snack service.  The partial scholarship will cover up to 50% of the cost of the Advocacy Course or about $1,800.00.

Send the completed application, which can be found by clicking here,  and your resume to Shannon H. Paliotta, Associate General Counsel, University of Pittsburgh, 1710 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 or  E-mail submissions are preferred.  The application deadline is October 16, 2015. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE REVIEWEDLetters of recommendation are encouraged, but optional.  For more information on the National Trial Advocacy College visit