Duquesne University School of Law

Duquesne University School of Law

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Duquesne University School of Law began as a night school in 1911, and that history is still carried on today. The evening program runs alongside the day program, giving students a chance to work and got to school.Duquesne University strategically honors the three rules of real estate: Location, location, location — the school’s easy proximity to downtown Pittsburgh makes it a cinch for students to become immersed in the legal hub of the city It also opened a clinic in a nearby neighborhood.

“We are in uptown trying to serve the underserved right in our community, and two blocks away is the courthouse — you can’t get any better than this,” said Dean Ken Gormley.

What else close by, you ask? Why Heinz Field, home to the Steelers, is just two miles away. And the Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins — six — of any NFL team.

A small, intimate setting and a fierce loyalty among students and alumni is another salient feature of the school. The trial moot court team was a national semi-finalist, reflecting Duquesne’s response to turning out practice-ready attorneys. The legal writing program is consistently ranked in the top in the U.S., Gormley said.

“We pride ourselves on having more judges than most law schools in the state, and legislators and public service of all kinds,” he said. “We produce prominent public servants.”

The school also earned a B+ in preLaw magazine’s Best Value ranking, placing it sixth among private law schools in the nation. 

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75th Percentile1553.64
25th Percentile1503.14
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$31,914$31,914
Living Expenses
Median grant$25000
Percent receiving grants86.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 91.30%
NJ Employment82.44
Bar Passage87.61%
Academic Profile
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy