Scholarship Opportunities

Duquesne University School of Law is dedicated to creating a truly diverse community of scholars. Today, our students have more opportunities than ever to study with future colleagues from a multitude of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. They learn from professors who bring diverse experiences into the classroom. And they experience firsthand the U.S. legal industry transforming into a more diverse profession. 

 

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Opportunities for Prospective and Current Students 

Duquesne Law offers scholarships and financial assistance for admitted and current students who come from diverse backgrounds.  These include: 

Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship

Scholarship for an incoming student, accompanied by a paid summer clerkship with the firm, following completion of second year of studies, and an ongoing mentoring partnership.

Milton E. Raiford Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships for minority law students in the day or evening J.D. programs.   

Ronald R. Davenport Endowed Fund

Named for Duquesne Law’s Dean Ronald R. Davenport, the first African-American dean of a non-historically African-American law school in the United States, this fund provides tuition and/or other assistance to diverse law students at Duquesne.  

Brian and Kimberly Parker Diversity Term Scholarship

One-time award given to an incoming African-American male law student who

  • Has a 3.3 cumulative undergraduate GPA;
  • Has a competitive or comparable LSAT score consistent with admission requirements;
  • Has been involved in extra curricular sports activity (preferred, not required);
  • Matriculated from a high school in the Greater D.C./Maryland area (preferred, not required).   
Jackson Lewis P.C. Scholarship

Scholarship support to Duquesne Law students who

  • Have an interest in pursuing a legal career in labor and employment law; and
  • With a preference for women or minority candidates. 
FedEx Ground Diversity Scholarship

A one-time award given to a rising 3D or 4E student who

  • Demonstrates significant financial need;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to public service and community activism,
  • Adds racial and/or ethnic diversity to the class; and
  • Is interested in the in-house practice of law.  
Judith A. Kasdan Memorial Scholarship

Financial support to a Duquesne law student who

  • Demonstrates significant financial need;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to public service and social justice;
  • Adds racial and/or ethnic diversity to the class (preferred, not required);
  • Is a non-traditional student (preferred, not required). 
Minority Students Resource Fund

Duquesne Law offers students from diverse background the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to support the purchase of books and other expenses outside of tuition.  

Outside Scholarships

Duquesne Law also informs students of outside scholarships of interest, such as the Pittsburgh-Area Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship, which Jorge Rojas, L’16, won as a law student.

Learn More

Find out more about how Duquesne Law faculty, administrators, and alumni are at work to increase diverse student enrollment and ensure a diverse legal profession. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions or Ella Kwisnek, assistant dean of students and vice dean of the evening division or Nicola Henry-Taylor director of diversity.