Part-Time Evening Program

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Duquesne University School of Law is the only Pittsburgh law school offering an evening law program. Professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences come here to pursue a Juris Doctor degree part-time while working full- or part-time. Our evening students earn their part-time J.D. after only four years of study. 

Conveniently located within blocks of downtown Pittsburgh, Duquesne Law offers evening courses Monday through Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Professionals in the part-time program include those working in energy, engineering, finance, taxation, information technology, and numerous other fields. The list of part-time alumni is impressive and includes business owners, law firm partners, judges, corporate counsel, solo practitioners, and many others.

How to Apply

Admission criteria and performance standards are the same in all day and evening law programs. Applications are accepted Sept. 1 - April 1 for priority consideration for all J.D. programs, including part-time. Applications will be accepted from May 1 through July 31 on a space-available basis. Learn about the application process and apply online via

Learn more and register for the Part-Time Evening Program Information Session on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Part-Time Evening Scholarships

All accepted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Incoming student scholarships are renewed annually, provided the student remains in Academic Good Standing. Duquesne University School of Law does not award conditional scholarships - that is, financial aid dependent upon a student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that what is ordinarily required to remain in Academic Good Standing.

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

  • Dean's Scholarship for Excellence
  • Catherine Celeste Dillon Memorial Scholarship
  • Randy K. Hareza Endowed Scholarship
  • John J. Hickton Endowed Scholarship
  • Law Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
  • Edward J. Krug Endowed Scholarship
  • Law Faculty Scholarship for Excellence
  • Law School Scholarship for Excellence
  • H. Murray Lubic, L'26 Endowed Scholarship
  • Morris L. and Helen E. Machen Endowed Scholarship

No separate scholarship applications are required. Read more about scholarships.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Competitive tuition rates and generous financial aid make Duquesne Law affordable. In fact, National Jurist magazine calls Duquesne a "Best Value" law school. 

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 Duquesne 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 Part-Time Evening 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 (fall and spring) 5

Second Year Part-Time Evening 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: The Police Function (spring) 2 or 3
Property I and II (fall and spring) 6

Third Year Part-Time Evening Required Courses

Course                                          Credits                                                                                                   
Business Associations (spring)                                                                                                                   3
Evidence (fall) 3

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

Fourth Year Part-Time Evening Required Courses

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

*Strongly Recommended courses for Fourth Year Part-Time Evening 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.