Duquesne University School of Law

Upper Level Writing Requirement

All students are required to produce and submit, prior to graduation, an original work of acceptable professional quality involving a significant exploration of a single major topic in compliance with the provisions set forth in the Academic Bulletin.  This requirement must be satisfied for full-time day division students during the final four (4) semesters prior to graduation, including summer sessions and for evening and part-time day division students during the final six (6) semesters prior to graduation including the summer sessions.  This project must be supervised, reviewed, and approved by a full-time School of Law faculty member or by another faculty memeber who has been approved in advance for this purpose by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. 

To be eligible for review and approval, the project must total at least 7500 words (including citations and any endnotes or footnotes) and must be in a format prescribed by the faculty member supervising the project.  Students may not use the same course to satisfy both the Upper Level Writing requirement and the Professional Skills/Experiential Learning requirement. 

Students are responsible for submitting an Upper Level Wriitng Intent form to the Law School Registrar's Office no later than 30 days after the start of the semester in which the requirement will be fulfilled.  An Upper Level Writing Completion form should be submitted to the faculty member with the final version of the student's paper.  Completion forms are then submitted to the Law School Registrar's Office after the project has been graded.

More information can be found in the Academic Bulletin