Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick teaching students

Part-Time Day Program

Duquesne also offers a unique program for students to pursue legal studies on a part-time day schedule within four years. Part-time day students may also enroll in evening and summer classes. Admission criteria and performance standards are the same for all students.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted Sept. 1 - March 15 for priority consideration for all J.D. programs, including part-time. Applications will be accepted May 1 through July 31 on a space available basis. Learn about the application process and apply online via LSAC.org.

Scholarships for Part-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. Merit scholarships specifically for part-time students include the following, a number of which are funded from the proceeds of endowed funds.

  • Catherine Celeste Dillon Memorial Scholarship
  • John J. Hickton Scholarship
  • Law Alumni Scholarship
  • M. Murray Lubic Endowed Scholarship
  • Dean's Scholarship for Excellence
  • Law Faculty Scholarship for Excellence
  • Law School Scholarship for Excellence

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 fafsa.ed.gov 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.

Concentrations

Duquesne University School of Law offers 13 optional concentrations to allow students to pursue a focused curriculum that corresponds to particular areas of interest. Learn about concentrations.

Curriculum

First Year Part-Time Day Required Courses

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

Second Year Part-Time Day Required Courses

Course Credits
Advanced Legal Reasoning (fall- required for bottom 25% following first year) 2                                                                                                                  
Constitutional Law I and II (fall and spring) 5
Criminal Law (fall) 3
Criminal Procedure: Fundamentals or Criminal Procedure: The Police Function (spring)         2 or 3
Property I and II (fall and spring) 6

Third Year Part-Time Day Required Courses

Course Credits 

Corporations (fall or spring)    

3                                   

Evidence (fall)

3

*Strongly Recommended courses for Third Year Part-Time Day students: Basic Federal Income Taxation- 3 credits, Employment Discrimination- 3 credits, Estates and Trusts- 3 credits

Fourth Year Part-Time Day Required Courses

Course
Credits
 Core/Applied Competencies I and II (fall and spring) 6                                                              
Professional Responsibility (fall) 3
Sales (fall or spring) 2

*Strongly Recommended courses for Fourth Year Part-Time Day students: Conflict of Laws- 2 credits, Employment Discrimination- 3 credits, Family Law- 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.