Duquesne University School of Law

Meet our Students & Young Grads

Class of 2018
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Eduardo Benatuil, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, chose Duquesne Law for the opportunity to advance his career while studying part-time for a J.D. degree.

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Class of 2017
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

I attended the University of Pittsburgh for my undergraduate degree and I fell in love with the City of Pittsburgh. After I decided that I wanted to remain in Pittsburgh for law school, I applied to Duquesne Law. After applying, I visited the school and met with Dean Gormley. The warm and comforting atmosphere at Duquesne Law solidified my decision. After being here at Duquesne, I now know that I made the right decision. The tight-knit community at Duquesne Law has allowed and enabled me to pursue and achieve my professional goals. I became involved with the Women’s Law Association through a fellow second-year student, Cella Iovino. I was thrilled when she asked me if I would be interested in helping out with the organization, as I am committed to increasing the female presence in the legal field. At the present time the board is planning several different networking events with female attorneys, working in the Pittsburgh legal community, to meet and talk with Duquesne Law students. I would encourage all students to join WLA – it is a great way to meet people, network, and get involved in the legal community. 

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Class of 2016
Hometown: Honesdale, PA

Coming from Penn State, I experienced alumni pride first hand. Duquesne alumni also have that same type of pride. I knew that Duquesne’s prime location in Pittsburgh and strong alumni network would help me succeed.  My interest in the Appellate Moot Court Board was sparked during my Legal Research and Writing class my first year. Although the process was agonizing at times, my final work product in my LRW class was something of which I was extremely proud.  Students who have that feeling will surely excel in moot court. It has been a very rewarding experience for me. 

Read Brook's story.

Class of 2018
Hometown: Peoria, Arizona

Arizona native Nicole Prieto worked at Reed Smith and PNC as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholar.

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Class of 2016
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

For months I was torn between Duquesne and another law school in Pennsylvania, but then I ran into a Duquesne Law grad at a coffee shop. When I asked for her opinion, she told me Duquesne Law is a family, something other law schools are not, and urged me to choose Duquesne. Now that I’m in third year, I can absolutely echo that advice. Recently, I accepted a position as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of the Interior, where I’ll be doing more federal conservation work. I still work remotely for Food Law International and am a research assistant to a professor of professional ethics here at Duquesne Law. I like to stay busy!

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Class of 2016
Hometown: Greensburg, PA

I chose Duquesne Law because of the school’s outstanding reputation in this region and its commitment to public service. Because of the exceptional writing program and ample opportunities for practical and clinical experience, Duquesne graduates are very skilled and well-respected advocates in the legal community. For the past year and a half, I have been working as a legal intern in the Homicide Unit of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office. Working there has provided me with the opportunity to do the type of public service work that made me want to go to law school in the first place. Growing up, my dad was a Pennsylvania State trooper who investigated all types of crimes, including homicides. I learned from him that homicides are special cases; they are different than any other crime because the only chance the victim has for redress is through our court system. Working in the unit has been especially rewarding for me given the unique and serious nature of the cases. Each day brings new and interesting challenges that have further solidified my desire to work in public service after graduation. 

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Class of 2017
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My husband is from Pittsburgh, and I was attracted to Duquesne Law because of the evening program. The program meant I could keep my full-time day job at the time. I studied classical music growing up -- piano, specifically. After I got my undergrad, I taught music and directed children's choirs. In five years I see myself working with a great law firm in Pittsburgh. It seems like such a vague answer but it’s true. To answer this thinking about new or prospective students, I would say: you don’t have to know ahead of time or decide right away. Take advantage of the programs the school has to offer, join organizations, and network. Keep an open mind. The Career Services Office is a very valuable resource and I highly recommend talking to the wonderful folks there. They are kind, supportive, and helpful.  

Read Jennifer's story.