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Full-Time Day Program

Our three-year curriculum in residence is designed for students who can devote full-time effort to the study of law.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted Sept. 1 - April 1 for priority consideration for all J.D. programs, including part-time. Learn about the application process and apply online via

Scholarships for Full-Time Day Students

All accepted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships awarded by the School of Law. Incoming student scholarships are renewed annually, provided the student remains in good standing. Duquesne University School of Law does not offer conditional scholarships.

No separate applications are required. Read more about scholarships.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Competitive tuition rates and generous financial aid make Duquesne University School of Law affordable. And a number of employers offer tuition reimbursement that can be applied to law school tuition.

Students work directly with Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid to apply for federally funded or institutional aid such as Stafford Loans, GradPLUS Loans, and private educational loans. Interested students should submit a FAFSA online at before May 31. Applicants to the School of Law DO NOT have to complete the Duquesne Financial Aid Application. Learn more about applying for aid as a graduate student.


Duquesne University School of Law offers optional concentrations to allow students to pursue a focused curriculum that corresponds to particular areas of interest. Learn about concentrations.


First Year Day Required Courses

Civil Procedure and Drafting I (fall) 3                                                                                                            
Civil Procedure II (spring) 2
Contracts I and II (fall and spring) 6
Criminal Law (spring) 3
Legal Research and Writing I and II (fall and spring) 5
Legal Skills (fall- optional) 1
Property I and II (fall and spring) 6
Strategies for Legal Success (spring- required for bottom 25% following fall semester)                 1
Torts I and II (fall and spring) 5

Second Year Day Required Courses

Course Credits
Advanced Legal Reasoning (fall- required for bottom 25% of class following 1st year) 2                                                                                                           
Constitutional Law I and II (fall and spring) 5
Business Associations (fall OR spring) 3
Criminal Procedure: The Police Function (fall OR spring) 2 or 3
Evidence (fall) 3

 *Strongly Recommended courses for Second Year Day students: Basic Federal Income Taxation- 3 credits, Estates and Trusts- 3 credits, Family Law- 3 credits

Third Year Day Required Courses

Course Credits
Core/Applied Competencies I and II ( fall and spring- required for bottom 1/3 following first year) 6                                                                                                          
Professional Responsibility (fall) 3
Sales (fall or spring) 2

*Strongly Recommended courses for Third Year Day students: Conflict of Laws- 2 credits, Core Competencies I and II- 4 credits, Employment Discrimination- 3 credits, Federal Civil Procedure- 3 credits, Pennsylvania Civil Procedure- 3 credits, PA State Constitutional Law- 3 credits

Course Descriptions may be found on the Law School Registrar's Curriculum page.

Courses shown are required. Students are advised that the graduation requirement for all divisions is 87 credits total.

All matriculating students are required to satisfy an Upper Level Writing requirement and 6 credits of Experiential Learning.

Because Duquesne periodically reviews and revises its curriculum, course offerings and credit hours are subject to change at any time.