Part-Time Day Program

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Duquesne also offers a unique program for students to pursue legal studies on a part-time day schedule within four years. Part-time day students may also enroll in evening and summer classes. Admission criteria and performance standards are the same for all students.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted Sept. 1 - March 1 for priority consideration for all J.D. programs, including part-time. Learn about the application process and apply online via

Scholarships for Part-Time Day Students

All accepted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships awarded by the School of Law. Incoming student scholarships are renewed annually, provided the student remains in good standing. Duquesne University School of Law does not offer conditional scholarships. Merit scholarships specifically for part-time students include the following, a number of which are funded from the proceeds of endowed funds.

  • Catherine Celeste Dillon Memorial Scholarship
  • John J. Hickton Scholarship
  • Law Alumni Scholarship
  • M. Murray Lubic Endowed Scholarship
  • Dean's Scholarship for Excellence
  • Law Faculty Scholarship for Excellence
  • Law School Scholarship for Excellence

No separate applications are required. Read more about scholarships.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Competitive tuition rates and generous financial aid make Duquesne University School of Law affordable. And a number of employers offer tuition reimbursement that can be applied to law school tuition.

Students work directly with Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid to apply for federally funded or institutional aid such as Stafford Loans, GradPLUS Loans, and private educational loans. Interested students should submit a FAFSA online at before May 31. Applicants to the School of Law DO NOT have to complete the Duquesne Financial Aid Application. Learn more about applying for aid as a graduate student.


Duquesne University School of Law offers 13 optional concentrations to allow students to pursue a focused curriculum that corresponds to particular areas of interest. Learn about concentrations.



First Year Part-Time Day Required Courses (21 credits per year)

Fall Semester Credits   Spring Semester Credits
Civil Procedure and Drafting I 3   Civil Procedure II 2
Contracts I 3   Contracts II 3
Legal Research & Writing I 3   Legal Research & Writing II  2
Torts I 3   Torts II 2


Second Year Part-Time Day Required Courses (22 credits per year)

Fall Semester      Credits   Spring Semester Credits
Constitutional Law I 2   Constitutional Law II 3
Property I 3   Property II 3
Criminal Law 3   Criminal Procedure: Fundamentals 2

Criminal Procedure: The Police Function



Third Year Part-Time Day Required Courses (22 credits per year)

Fall Semester      Credits     Spring Semester Credits

Required courses or Electives

12 max  

Required courses or Electives

12 max
*Recommended courses for Third Year Evening/Part Time Day students: Evidence (required), either Corporations and Other Business Entities (required, 4 cr., 1 semester) or Corporate and Partnership Law (fall) and Advanced Corporate Law and Business Entities (spring) (required, 2 cr. each semester), Estates and Trusts, Basic Federal Income Taxation, and Employment Discrimination.



 Fourth Year Part-Time Day Required Courses (22 credits)

Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester Credits
      Remedies at Law and in Equity 2


Required Courses That Can Be Taken In Any Upper Level Year (24 credits)

Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester Credits
Corp. & Partner Law 2   Adv. Corp. Law & Bus. Ent. 2
AND     OR  
Corp. & Other Bus. Ent. 4  


Evidence 3      
Professional Resp. 3      
Sales 2      

Course descriptions may be found on the Registrar's Curriculum page.

Courses shown are required. Students are advised that the graduation requirement for all divisions is 88 credits as of fall 2012.

All matriculating students are required to satisfy an upper-level writing requirement and a professional skills course.

Because Duquesne periodically reviews and revises its curriculum, course offerings and credit hours are subject to change at any time.