About the School of Law

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If the standard of a law school's greatness is the caliber of its students, the success of its graduates and the dedication of its faculty, then there is no doubt that the Duquesne University School of Law stands among the nation's best.

At Duquesne, we seek the best and brightest students to join our community of scholars, and we prepare them for success every step of the way. You cannot get lost here. The deans and professors will know you from the day you walk in the front door, and you will know them. Classes are small. Professors are easily accessible to students and spend many hours with them. You can see any of the deans, including me, on a drop-in basis. Together we learn, we produce scholarly works, and we make a difference in our community and in our world.

Our alumni have achieved top leadership positions in government and in business, and have excelled in private practice. We are proud of the number of graduates who have attained judicial office in Pennsylvania, New York, California and many other states. We are grateful to have active alumni who contribute time, talent and resources on behalf of their law school alma mater and our current students.

Finally, there is one factor that distinguishes our law school, and that, quite simply, is the fact that we are part of Duquesne University, a Catholic institution dedicated to moral, ethical and spiritual values. In an era when ethical concerns are among the most important questions facing the legal profession, Duquesne University's School of Law has, for a century, reflected the University's unique emphasis on justice and service to others.

This unequaled combination of attributes, along with the convenience of Full-Time Day, Part-Time Day and Evening programs, and a competitive tuition rate, leads hundreds of students to apply each year. Those selected bring a mix of backgrounds and experiences and enjoy an atmosphere of openness and diversity.

You are invited to read on and learn more about the many dynamic opportunities that the Duquesne University School of Law has to offer and to consider becoming a part of our rich tradition.