Optional concentrations allow students to pursue a focused curriculum that corresponds to their particular areas of interest in the law. Duquesne University School of Law offers 13 concentration areas. A 'major concentration' requires 14 hours; a 'minor concentration' requires nine hours.

Students who have or develop a strong interest in practicing in a particular field may decide to concentrate. Students who want to take as broad a curriculum as possible may decide not to select a concentration. Concentrations are not tied to awarding the J.D. degree.

Concentration advisement corresponds to faculty specialization and depth within areas of the curriculum.


Former Current

Please note: Former concentrations are available only to students enrolled prior to the Fall 2016 semester. All students may select a current concentration.


The following core requirements are common to all concentrations:

  • Each concentration requires preparation of a professional-quality written project or the equivalent within the field of the concentration, unless a similar written work-product substitute is noted within a concentration description, and the project must attain a grade of "B" or better. This requirement would be satisfied by any of the following

1.  Project written to satisfy the student's Upper-Level Writing Requirement in effect at the time the project was written, including articles written for a journal;

2.  Professional-quality project of the same length and quality written for a course offered within the concentration;

3.  Independent Research project of the same length and quality; or

4.  Project written for one of the Advanced Legal Writing classes that is of the same length and quality.

  • The topic of any project written for a concentration would have to be approved by a concentration advisor. The Civil Litigation Concentration permits preparation of a portfolio of litigation-centric documents in lieu of a paper; such a substitute would not relieve a student of otherwise fulfilling the Upper-Level Writing Requirement in some other manner.
  • Clinical courses or Trial Advocacy cannot count for more than three hours toward any concentration, even if the course is credited for more than three hours.
  • Courses from overseas programs offered during the summer may count, in total, only for a maximum of three credits toward a concentration, regardless of the credit hours otherwise awarded for such courses and programs.
  • Independent Research credits may count toward any concentration, as long as the subject and/or paper has been approved by a concentration advisor.
  • A student must achieve at least a 3.0 GPA within the courses used to satisfy the concentration; no course may count toward a concentration in which the student's grade is below a C.
  • There is no bar to a student fulfilling more than one concentration; however, a concentration course may be used to satisfy only one concentration.


Learn More

Review concentration requirements and policies on the Office of the Registrar's curriculum pages.