Duquesne University School of Law

First Year Students

First Year Advance Assignments



Required Textbooks for Legal Research and Writing I & II Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

Citation Manual: ALWD & Coleen Barger, ALWD Guide to Legal Citation (6th ed. 2017)
Research Textbook: Amy E. Sloan, Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies (6th ed. 2015)
Writing Textbook: Richard K. Neumann, Jr., Ellie Margolis, & Kathryn M. Stanchi, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing (8th ed. 2017)
Style Manual: Mary B. Ray & Jill J. Ramsfield, Legal Writing: Getting It Right and Getting It Written (5th ed. 2010)

NOTE: You do need to have the current edition of each book; there have been significant changes from previous editions. The Sloan textbook and the Ray & Ramsfield reference book are available as used books, but the other two required books are brand-new editions and are only available as new books.



Registration for first-year law students is conducted by the Duquesne University School of Law Registrar's Office in mid-July. First-year students may not change the course section or division to which you are assigned. Prospective students with questions should contact the Admissions or Registrar's Office at 412-396-6300. You may also email at lawadmissions@duq.edu or lawreg@duq.edu.

The School of Law's "Orientation Program" for ALL first-year day, evening, and part-time students is mandatory and usually scheduled for the third week of August. All First-year students must obtain their Duquesne University photo ID card which will permit the Registrar's office to download your picture to the office. In addition, the School of Law must receive an official copy of your undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate transcripts with the appropriate university seal.

All transcripts must include the words, "Degree Awarded" and must be issued by the University Registrar of your previous school(s), and mailed directly to Duquesne University School of Law. If your LSAC transcript is final includes your degree awarded or conferral date, you do do not need to send another official copy to our office.  Registration for first-year students is not complete until all necessary paperwork has been completed, you have attended orientation and made arrangements to pay all tuition and fees.

Your financial obligation as a registered student who does not subsequently attend will NOT be cancelled unless a written (typed) notification of your decision not to attend is given to the Law School Admissions Office before the first day of classes. Students deciding to withdraw after the first day of classes must notify the Law School Registrar's Office of the withdrawal and are subject to the official withdrawal policy which can be found in the Academic Bulletin.

Tuition bills are only available online by logging into your DORI account. Tuition can be paid by eCheck or by credit card. For more information regarding billing or financial aid please visit the Student Accounts or Financial Aid websites. 

The full-time day division is designed to provide training and education for those students who wish to devote full time to the study of law.  The School of Law strongly suggests that first-year day division students not engage in any outside employment during their first year at the School of Law, and strongly suggests that upper-level full-time, day division students not engage in more than 20 hours per week of outside employment.