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Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies

Apply now and start the winter term January 5, 2015.
Transfer of Duquesne University Paralegal Institute
to the Duquesne University School of Law

Duquesne University is pleased to announce that, as part of its plan to reorganize the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, the Paralegal Institute will be transferred administratively from the SLPA to the School of Law, effective December 1, 2014. Under this new administrative arrangement, the Director of the Institute, Pam Bailey, will report to the School of Law's Associate Dean for Legal Programs, Frank Y. Liu, who in turn reports to the Dean of the Law School, Ken Gormley.

The Institute will continue to function as in the past. For the foreseeable future, it will maintain its current ideal location in Libermann Hall, in close proximity to downtown Pittsburgh. The program's personnel, adjunct faculty, classrooms, curriculum and Advisory Board will also remain unchanged. The Institute will continue to benefit from the existing University support and will be able to take advantage of additional services as well as the leadership in legal education offered through the School of Law, without in any way detracting from the School's J.D. program. As a result of the realignment, indeed, Duquesne University's School of Law will become a full-service provider of legal education.

Join a network of legal professionals who help each other in career growth and development.  Whether your interest stems from your childhood or has developed more recently, everything you read and hear about working in a legal setting confirms that it's the kind of exciting, challenging and ever-changing environment in which you would thrive. Our Paralegal Institute may be just the opportunity you've been hoping to find. Reading more about it is a first step to deciding if it's the right next step for your career-and your life.

You have a bachelor's degree and have always been interested in the legal field but aren't sure if law school is right for you. One way to have a career in law and see if it might be a fit is to become a paralegal. The paralegal profession is a challenging and rewarding career choice.

At Duquesne University, you can become a paralegal through the area's only American Bar Association-approved paralegal program. More than 1,800 people have completed the program since it began 29 years ago. Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute offers:

  • General practice or specialty certificate options
  • An outstanding law library
  • Part-time evening or full-time summer program options
  • An effective placement program and online job bank
  • A solid reputation for academic excellence

In addition to providing our students with essential research and writing skills, students:

  • develop an ability to think in a legally sophisticated manner about the many complex issues encountered in the course of a career in the law

  • leave with an understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of a paralegal.

Read more about program outcomes.  A bachelor’s degree is required for admission.

"Duquesne was the clear choice for my paralegal education. Its faculty and university resources are top-notch, and the coordinator clearly cares about each student."

- Jennifer Lawye

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.


Mission Statement

The Paralegal Institute's mission is to prepare students for careers as professional paralegals by providing a well-balanced, fully integrated education including substantive knowledge, practical skills, and a perspective of themselves and the community that enable them to perform effectively in a variety of legal settings.