Bar Studies

Duquesne Law makes it a top priority to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for the bar examination, so you can be practice ready when you graduate.

Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University is ranked 6th in the nation as "Top Law School for Bar Passage."

In the Winter 2021 edition of preLaw Magazine, Duquesne Law was recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, whose graduates outperform other schools in terms of bar passage metrics. Duquesne placed sixth among 187 law schools assessed over a five-year period (2015-2019) based on a recent study conducted by Jeffrey S. Kinsler, founding dean of Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tenn.

Bar-passage rates are "the single best outcome measure...in assessing whether a law school is maintaining a 'rigorous program of legal education'," according to the American Bar Association.

Message from Director of Bar Studies, Ashley London

Featuring Chair of Legal Process and Civil Procedure & Associate Professor, Steven Baicker-McKee,
Derrick Maultsby, L'20, Diana Bruce, 3L, First Lieutenant Joseph Zottola, L'19, and Amy Goodrich, L'19

Ultimate Bar Pass Rates

Our success in bar passage speaks for itself. And it begins early, because our admissions practices look beyond cold statistics to see the potential in every applicant. Our Achievements and Rankings illustrate this.

During every year of study you can take advantage of academic excellence programs, followed closely by comprehensive bar preparation. Duquesne Law's bar services offer you a rigorous curriculum taught by acclaimed professors, a nationally ranked legal writing program, hands-on learning gained through unique clinical programs, and special bar preparation options.

Duquesne graduates have taken the bar exam in these and other jurisdictions:

California Indiana New York Texas
Colorado Maryland North Carolina Utah
Connecticut Massachusetts Ohio Virginia
Florida Minnesota Oklahoma Washington
Georgia Nevada Oregon West Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Pennsylvania Wisconsin

Bar Passage Data

Bar Review Course Scholarships

A limited number of bar review course scholarships are available for current students. Learn more.

Contact Us

Prospective students are welcome to contact the Bar Studies Department to learn more about all of Duquesne Law's bar preparatory programs.

Ashley M. London, Esq.

Director of Bar Studies, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills

Richard Gaffney, Jr., M.B.A., Esq.

Director of Advanced Analytics, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills

April Milburn-Knizner, Esq.

Adjunct Professor, Legal Research and Writing