Duquesne University School of Law

1.01 Graduation Requirements

Duquesne Law School awards the degree of Juris Doctor to those students who successfully fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Completion of eight-seven (87) credit hours with passing grades. 
  2. Maintenance of a cumulative QPA of 2.0 or higher.  See Article I, 1.5.  [hyperlink to 1.5]
  3. Successful completion of all required courses.  [hyperlink to list of required courses]
  4. Completion of the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.  See Article I, 1.2. [hyperlink to 1.2]
  5. Completion of the Experiential Learning Requirement. 
    1. Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2016 must successfully complete one course having a substantial professional skills component.  See Article I, 1.3(a).   [hyperlink to 1.3(a)]
    2. All students matriculating after Fall 2016 must successfully complete at least 6 hours of experiential learning.  See Article I, 1.3(b).   [hyperlink to 1.3(b)]
  6. Satisfaction of the Residency Requirement.  See Article I, 1.4.  [hyperlink to 1.4]
  7. Be of good moral character.
  8. Resolution of all financial obligations to Duquesne Law School and to Duquesne University.
  9. Make formal application for the degree to the Registrar in a timely manner.
  10. Be recommended by the Faculty to receive the degree of Juris Doctor.
  11. Be present at Commencement.  [hyperlink to rules or form for requesting permission to miss commencement]
  12. Completion of all credit hours within the time specified by the American Bar Association.  The American Bar Association requires law students to complete their legal education within seven years following the initial matriculation at law school.  Full-time day-division students normally satisfy this requirement by the end of their third year.  Part-time day- and evening-division students normally satisfy this requirement by the end of their fourth year.