DCLI RESEARCH EXPO 2010 - Thursday, October 21, 2010


Learn more about legal research from the major law publishers and developers of legal information systems.

Exhibits ~ Demonstrations

Pizza ~ Prizes

Classroom Demonstration Schedule

Publishers attending include:

• Westlaw             • CCH  
• Westlaw Next      • Gale
• LexisNexis          • RIA


Duquesne Law School's Bar Pass Rate Remains Strong

One hundred forty-seven Duquesne graduates from the class of 2010 passed the July 2010 Pennsylvania Bar Examination on their first attempt. Joining them are another ten graduates from prior years, who achieved this milestone on their second or subsequent attempt.  Duquesne’s overall pass rate (84.41%) places Duquesne fourth out of ten law schools in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) among those schools whose graduates take the bar exam in Pennsylvania. Duquesne’s overall results outperformed Penn State/ Dickinson, the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel, Rutgers (Camden) and both Widener locations (Harrisburg and Delaware) and were virtually tied with Villanova’s (84.41% versus 84.88%). In terms of first-time takers, we were essentially tied with Pitt, out-performed Penn State /Dickinson, and ranked 6th of the schools in the mix – moving up from our 8th place spot last year.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Duquesne’s pass rate for first-time takers (86.47%) was above the first-time pass rate for all takers (84.68%) and that Duquesne’s overall pass rate (84.41%) exceeded the overall pass rate for all takers (79.67%). The 2010 results outperformed both Duquesne’s ten-year rolling average first-time bar pass rate (81.5%) and Pennsylvania’s ten-year rolling average first-time bar pass rate (79.0%).  

Three more graduates from the class of 2009 passed the Bar Examination this past July, subsequently, last year’s graduating class now boasts a 90% cumulative pass rate in Pennsylvania. Additional graduates sat for bar examinations in other states. While results of those examinations are not yet available, we are optimistic that these results will also be strong.

This exceptional pass rate for Duquesne graduates was the product of months of diligent preparation and hard work on the part of our students. As well, our Director of Bar Services, Richard Gaffney, worked harder than ever to prepare a large class of graduating students to perform at the highest level. Professor Sam Astorino, who continues to work with students as part of an intensive Sunday bar preparation/review class, likewise did a fabulous job in covering a wide array of substantive topics. With the addition of the Academic Excellence Program, that will be launched this semester, we will continue to work hard to ensure that each of our students is equipped to perform to the best of his or her ability on this important examination, if he or she chooses to be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

Since the introduction of the spring semester Bar Preparation Course in 2006, Duquesne’s first-time bar pass rate has improved from 68% (in 2005) to 88% (in 2006), 91% (in 2007), 97% (in 2008) 88% (in 2009) and 86.47% (in 2010). Our students understand that the exceptional results achieved by these Duquesne Law School graduates were the direct result of their excellent preparation, made possible by our top-notch faculty, as well as by their own dedication and impressive work ethic. Congratulations to all of our recent graduates who achieved this important milestone, by passing the bar examination in Pennsylvania and other states!


CLE Reminder-The Medical Marijuana Debate: Forensic Scientific and Legal Considerations

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will host a series of CLE seminars through December, 2010. Please visit the following link to view the Fall 2010 schedule:


The Medical Marijuana Debate: Forensic Scientific and Legal Considerations

November 5, 2010

Institute Director and former Allegheny County Forensic Science Laboratory Director and Chief Toxicologist Fred Fochtman will be joined by Institute namesake and former Allegheny County Coroner Cyril Wecht in this consideration of the scientific and legal issues involved in the nationwide medical marijuana debate. Coming quickly on the heels of Proposition 19, California's marijuana legalization ballot initiative, the seminar will also examine the drug's recreational use.cnn justice

Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

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Created and maintained by Dittakavi Rao, Associate Director of DCLI, this site combines the various Pennsylvania legal web sites that are available on the Internet under different subject headings. Mr. Rao's web site is the most comprehensive collection of online PA legal resources in one easy to access location. Users will find links on the left of the home page are comprised of research guides regarding case law reporters, digests, administrative law, and other important research materials. "Quick links" provide easy user navigation. They are located at the top of the home page, and are a particular highlight of this site. The quick links provide access to such resources as the General Assembly, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and numerous other PA related legal sites. The Governor's Executive Orders are listed, as well, offering the most current versions of the orders in PDF format. The PA Case Law blog is "Updated Daily, cases released from the Pennsylvania Superior Court, archived by judge and topic." The site also offers a list of additional updated "Blawgs" such as the PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary blog.