Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The priority application deadline is March 1. Applications will continue to be accepted from March 1 - May 1 on a space available basis. Given the rolling admissions process, however, applicants to the Law School are encouraged to submit the application by late January. This will allow our office eight weeks of processing time which is necessary during our peak processing season. The Admissions Committee renders decisions on a rolling basis and will begin notifying applicants of their acceptance in December. We do not offer a mid-year admission program.
YES. ALL accepted full-time students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships awarded by the Law School. These partial tuition awards are made each year to admitted students based on their records of achievement, aptitude for the study of law, and general background. These scholarships can be renewed annually. It is recommended that students interested in being evaluated for scholarship submit their admission applications by early January. A separate application or request is NOT required. Scholarship awards are sent to qualified candidates about 3 weeks after admission.
YES. To determine eligibility for financial aid, a need analysis document must be completed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available from the University Financial Aid Office. Financial assistance that is designated as federally funded or institutional aid is processed centrally through Duquesne University's Financial Aid Office. This includes the Stafford Loan, Grad PLUS Loans, Law Access and Law Loans.
For further information and forms, please contact:
Office of Financial Aid
Ground Floor Administration Building
Pittsburgh PA 15282-0299
YES. The Career Services Office (CSO) at the Law School provides assistance to all law students and alumni seeking employment in the legal profession. Throughout the year, the Office offers seminars and workshops designed to aid students and alumni at various stages of the career planning process. For more information about CSO, please visit their website.
We recommend that applicants take the October or December LSAT test. February test scores are accepted as well. The LSAT is offered four times per year through the Law School Admission Council. Please visit www.lsac.org for more information.
YES. If an applicant has taken the LSAT multiple times and has multiple LSAT scores on file with LSAC it is the policy of the Admissions Committee to use the higher of the scores, without averaging the scores.
Yes, as applications become complete they are sent to the Admissions Committee for review. A late application could reduce your opportunity for admission or scholarship. There is an exception to the rolling admissions policy for binding Early Decision applicants. Early Decision applications are due December 1 and all Early Decision applicants will receive a decision no later than December 31. Early Decision applicants will receive decisions before applicants who applied through regular rolling admission.
All complete applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee in the order that they become complete. Relevant factors such as academic achievement, competitiveness of the undergraduate institution, aptitude as measured by the LSAT, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, work history, and other experiences are carefully considered by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will discuss all relevant information then make a decision on the applicant's request for admission. Since all admission decisions are final, and will not be reconsidered, it is important to provide complete information on the application.
MAYBE. The volume of applications reviewed each year precludes personal interviews as part of the admissions process unless you are a 3/3 Early Admission candidate. Only college juniors applying through a pre-arranged 3/3 Early Admission program are required to complete an in-person interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews are arranged after applications are submitted and complete. For all other candidates, we do encourage visits to the school. Tours and class visits can be scheduled online through our Campus Visits page.
NO. The Law School believes the interaction of students and faculty within a classroom setting is very important.