Duquesne University School of Law

Bar Exam Tested Subjects and Application Process

Duquesne University School of Law's curriculum covers subjects that prepare students to pass the Bar Examination.

View the currently tested subjects in Pennsylvania. Other states test other subjects. Nearly all states test on the following subjects:

  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Real Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Civil Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility 

Courses that cover these subjects include:

  • Pennsylvania Constitutional Law
  • Core Competencies for Legal Practice I and II
  • Applied Competencies I and II
  • Advanced Constitutional Law: First Amendment Issues
  • Business Organizations (including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and professional corporations)
  • Civil Procedure (Pennsylvania and federal)
  • Criminal Law (including related Pennsylvania and federal constitutional issues & DUI)
  • Conflicts of Laws
  • Contracts
  • Employment Discrimination (limited to Title VII, ADA and ADEA)
  • Evidence (Pennsylvania and federal)
  • Family Law
  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Federal Income Tax (personal only and limited to taxable and non-taxable income, deduction, proprietorships and capital transactions)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Wills, Trusts and Decedents' Estates (including related fiduciary responsibilities)
  • U.C.C., Article II (Sales)

Bar Application Process

Questions regarding the Pennsylvania bar application process and other state bar application processes should be addressed to Professor Richard Gaffney gaffneyr@duq.edu.

Students can begin to familiarize themselves with the bar application process, including application to sit for for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), and the Pennsylvania Bar Examination, and application for disability accommodations, by visiting the websites for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, http://www.ncbex.org, and the Pennsylvania Board of Bar Examiners, http://www.pabarexam.org.

Students can also call the helpful staff of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners at 717.231.3350.