General Curriculum


Duquesne Law's LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers General Curriculum (or Non-Bar-Track) is designed to famililarize foreign lawyers and students with the general principles of U.S. law and prepare them for the demands of practicing law in a global economy. Program graduates will return to their home counties prepared to work with their colleagues and U.S. attorneys handling issues that involve U.S. law.

The General Curriculum offers: 

  • Subject-Area Concentrations
  • Externship Work Opportunities
  • Mentor Relationships

The General Curriculum features a selection of required core American law courses and a variety of eligible elective courses. In addition, the General Curriculum offers the opportunity for students to select an optional subject-area concentration and tap into externship opportunities and mentor relationships. 

Subject-Area Concentrations

Three subject-area concentrations are available within the General Curriculum:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Governance
  • Energy and Environmental Law

Each LL.M. student who selects a subject-area concentration is also eligible for an externship, or work placement, with a law firm or corporation in Pittsburgh during the spring semester. In addition, the student is eligible to be matched with a mentor, that is, a lawyer or other practitioner who can provide additional support and professional advice.

All General Track LL.M. candidates must complete a certain number of required courses within 24 months from the date of matriculation. The candidates must receive passing grades in classes totaling 24 credits. Summer Bridge Program courses are not counted toward the required credits.

ELS and Summer Bridge Program

Once LL.M. students arrive at Duquesne, all must complete testing by the University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Department, the results of which will determine whether individuals are required to take any additional English language courses while pursuing the LL.M. degree.

Candidates for the General Track who are lawyers or candidates for a foreign law degree are strongly encouraged to attend Duquesne Law’s Summer Bridge Program for Foreign Law Students in the months immediately preceding matriculation. For candidates holding or pursuing a foreign law-related degree (as opposed to a law degree), attendance is required. 

Campus-wide, Duquesne University welcomes students from more than 80 countries. LL.M. candidates accepted into Duquesne Law work with the LL.M. program staff and the University’s Office of International Programs concerning visa and other international student issues.

Core Courses

The program's core courses include:

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Legal Research Writing and Analysis
  • Minimum of two courses from the following list:
    • Contracts I, II
    • Torts I, II
    • Civil Procedure I, II
    • Property I, II
    • Criminal Law
    • Criminal Procedure
    • Constitutional Law I, II

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, LL.M. candidates may take any elective or J.D.-required course, with some exceptions.


The examinations of LL.M. candidates in the General Curriculum will be specifically identified and graded outside of any curve established by Duquesne Law. LL.M. candidates will be graded in all courses on a pass/fail basis. Non-native English speakers can use a common-language (not legal) translating dictionary during examinations. At the professor’s discretion, other accommodations may be offered.


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