FAQs

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Yes, Duquesne University personal email account is the official method of communication. Notice will be considered received one day following the date the notice is posted to your email account. Failure to check your email account does not excuse or exempt you from any actions required of you by the University.

The Duquesne University School of Law ranking procedure is completed after the fall and spring semesters once all final grades have been received and the end of term process has been completed.

  • First year day and evening division students are not ranked until after their first year of study.
  • Part-time division students are not ranked until their final year of law school.
  • Students that transfer to Duquesne University School of Law or change divisions while attending will not be ranked until their final year.
  • All visiting, cross-registered, LLM and exchange students are excluded from rankings.
  • All other students (2D, 3D, 2E, 3E, 4E) will be ranked after each semester within their own division and year.

Make-up exams are only permitted for compelling reasons.  Any student who wishes to take a make-up exam MUST petition the Academic Status Committee.   See the Academic Bulletin for more information.

If you are a current student, you may view a copy of your transcript via the DORI Portal. However, this feature is designed for viewing only; the printed version is not well-suited for official use.

No. Class ranks are only given at the end of the academic year. Summer grades are included in the next academic year.

All students, excluding first year students, are permitted to change their schedule during the posted add/drop period. After the add/drop period, students must petition the Academic Status Committee for a withdrawal from the course. If the request is approved, the course will be considered a withdrawal, and a “W” grade will be posted on the student’s transcript for that course.

No, we will not provide you with a copy of the LSAT record. But, after completing the General Request Form, we will give you a copy of your LSAT score. On the other hand, we will mail a copy for you to a potential employer, school, etc.

Yes, you may participate in the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education (PCHE) program with the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law and transfer the credits to Duquesne University. Any request to enroll in courses at another School of Law must be approved by the Academic Status Committee which is chaired by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. All requests must be typed. Any request to take summer courses at another School of Law must be approved by the Academic Status Committee which is chaired by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Duquesne University requires all full-time students to have health insurance. The University offers a comprehensive and cost effective plan to all students who do not have health insurance.

If you do not provide proof of insurance, you will be automatically enrolled in the University's plan and a fee will be added to your tuition.

More information can be found on the Human Resources webpage.

Final exam dates for the current academic year can be found on the Exams page of the Law School Registrar's website.

RAPP (Review Academic Program Progress) is a tool for students to review your progress through academic programs and identify the classes you need to take to complete your degree. To use RAPP, go to Self-Service Banner, Student Information, Registration, and Review Academic Program Progress. 

You may also complete a TRACK YOUR CREDITS form on the Registrar's webpage.

All students expecting to graduate must complete a Graduation Application.

All law students have the ability to change their current address in our DORI portal.

All law students must complete the Change of Address Form and bring it to the Law School Registrar’s Office, not the University Registrar’s Office.

All students must complete one Professional Skills Requirement for graduation. The student must complete an intent form and return it to the Law School Registrar’s Office no later than 30 days after the start of the course. There isn’t a completion form for this requirement so as long as you pass the course  listed on your intent form, you have fulfilled the requirement. The intent form and a listing of courses that have been approved to satisfy this requirement can be found on the Registrar website.

You may obtain a letter indicating your enrollment status by submitting an Enrollment Verification Request Form to the Law School Registrar's Office or by using the DORI portal.

You may obtain an official copy of your transcript through the University Registrar’s Office through DORI.  Specific instructions for requesting an official transcript can be at www.duq.edu/transcripts.  If you have problems, contact the University Registrar's Office 412-396-6212. Please allow 24 to 48 hours to process your request.

Students must be certified for the Juris Doctor degree.  Therefore, you must carry the minimum credits within the law school in addition to your dual degree credits.

To be certified for the Juris Doctor degree and to sit for the Bar Exam, students in the full time day division must complete six semesters with a minimum of 10 credits each semester. Part time and evening students must complete eight semesters with a minimum of 8 credits each semester.

You must complete the Exam Review Request Form online or in the Main Office so the exam can be pulled from storage. (24 to 48 hours is required)

Yes, you now have the ability to view your rank in the DORI student portal while enrolled in the School of Law.  The School of Law does NOT print ranks on transcripts.

Duquesne University School of Law participates in the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards program which recognizes law students with excellent achievement in their studies. The award is given to the student with the highest grade in the class as determined by the professor. CALI award winners receive a printed certificate and a permanent URL VirtualAward on the CALI website. Once the certificates are mailed to our office, we place them in the student mailboxes near the student lounge.

CALI Award Winners

Each student must complete an Upper Level Writing Requirement intent form and bring it to the Law School Registrar’s Office no later than 30 after the beginning of the course. Once the paper is completed, the student must give the professor two copies of the paper along with an Upper Level Writing Requirement completion form. The professor will complete the form and turn everything into the Law School Registrar’s Office. The forms and a listing of courses that have been approved for this requirement can be found on the Registrar website.

You MUST notify the Law School Registrar’s Office as soon as possible. And, you must supply the office with a doctor’s excuse or reasoning as to why you missed a mandatory exam. Do NOT notify your professor.

MultiPass is the Duquesne University single sign-on account for students, faculty and staff.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. This law applies to postsecondary institutions as well as K-12 schools. 

For more information, please go to the DORI portal. 

FERPA governs: 

  • The disclosure of education records maintained by an educational institution; and 
  • Access to these records.

Full time day students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Part time day and evening students may take up to 13 credits per semester.

All requests for transcripts and letters are normally processed within a 24 hour period. However, during the examination period it may take at least 48 hours to process.

Students are ranked within their class at the end of each academic year. Part time Day students are not ranked until the last year of his or her legal education. First year students are not ranked until the end of his or her first year.  Transfer students and students who change divisions are not ranked until their final year of law school.  All other students are ranked after the fall and spring of each academic year.

If you have an exam conflict and would like to request a time variance, you must complete an Exam Time Conflict form and bring it to the Law School Registrar’s Office.

There is technically no limit to the amount of non-classroom credits that a student can register for, but only a maximum of 18 credits can be used toward the total number of credits for graduation. The list of non-classroom credits can be found on the Registrar website.

You must call or email the Assistant Dean of Students as soon as possible.

Any student with special needs who desires accommodations for exams or other class-related needs must contact the Duquesne University Office of Special Student Services at 412-396-6657 to begin the process of documenting the condition that warrants the accommodations.  Students are encouraged to begin this process as soon as possible.

Office of Special Student Services

Once a condition is formally documented, the Office of Special Student Services will determine the accommodations that are appropriate for the student, and will notify the Law School's Assistant Dean of Students.  Students must complete this process in order to be afforded accommodations at the School of Law.  Duquesne University's policy with regard to accommodations for disabled students is available online.

Procedures for Students Receiving Testing Accommodations

Office of International Programs

The University Counseling Center

The Psychology Clinic

Students must petition for a division change and send a typed letter c/o Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Duquesne University School of Law, Academic Status Committee, 900 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. You will be notified in the summer if your petition for change was approved.

Academic Honors are determined by a ranking of the graduating class based on overall cumulative grade point average, as follows: the Summa Cum Laude designation to the top 5%; the Magna Cum Laude designation to the next 5%; and the Cum Laude designation to the next 10%.

These percentages are subject to the following limitation: No student shall graduate Summa Cum Laude unless his/her cumulative grade point average is at least 3.5, and no student shall graduate Magna Cum Laude unless his/her cumulative grade point average is at least 3.25.

Cumulative grade point averages shall not be rounded up to qualify for honors under any of the foregoing formulas.