FAQs

Academic Records

Can I access my transcript online?
Can I obtain a copy of my LSAT record?
How do I obtain an official copy of my transcript?
What is FERPA?
What is the turnaround time for transcripts and letters?

Address Change

How do I change my current address at Duquesne University?
How do I change my permanent address at Duquesne University?

Exam-Related Questions

Are we permitted to take make-up exams?
How can I find my final exam dates?
If I have questions about my exam grade, how do I review my exam before meeting with the professor?
Where do I go to resolve exam conflicts?
What if I become very ill during my final examinations?

Grades/Ranking

Are students ranked and if so, when?
Can I be ranked at the end of the fall semester or receive an adjusted rank if I took summer classes?
May I review my rank in the DORI portal or on my transcript?
What are CALI Awards?
When will I know my class rank?
Who is eligible for Academic Honors?

Health Insurance

Do I have to get Student Health Insurance?
Who do I contact if I need accommodations for a disability?

Illness/Disability

Who do I call if I am unable to attend classes due to illness or medical reasons?
Who do I contact if I need accommodations for a disability?

Multi-pass/Email

Am I required to use my Duquene University email address?
What is a MultiPass Account and how do I get one?

Registration-Related Questions

Can I drop a course after I have been registered for it?
Can I visit or enroll in courses at another School of Law and what are the procedures?
How can I track my academic progress?
Who do I contact if I would like to change my status from a full time student to a part time student or vice versa?

Can I access my transcript online?

If you are a current student, you may view a copy of your transcript via the DORI Portal. However, this feature is designed for viewing only; the printed version is not well-suited for official use.

Can I obtain a copy of my LSAT record?

We can not provide you with a copy of the LSAT record. But, we will permit you to take a snap shot of your LSAT application.

How do I obtain an official copy of my transcript?

You may obtain an official copy of your transcript through the University Registrar’s Office through DORI. Specific instructions for requesting an official transcript can be at www.duq.edu/transcripts. If you have problems, contact the University Registrar's Office 412.396.6212. Please allow 24 to 48 hours to process your request.

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. This law applies to postsecondary institutions as well as K-12 schools. 

For more information, please go to the DORI portal. 

FERPA governs: 

  • The disclosure of education records maintained by an educational institution; and 
  • Access to these records.

What is the turnaround time for transcripts and letters?

All requests for transcripts and letters are normally processed within a 24 hour period. However, during the examination period it may take at least 48 hours to process.

How do I change my current address at Duquesne University?

All law students have the ability to change their current address in our DORI portal.

How do I change my permanent address at Duquesne University?

All law students must complete the Change of Address Form and bring it to the Law School Registrar’s Office, not the University Registrar’s Office.

Are we permitted to take make-up exams?

Make-up exams are only permitted for compelling reasons. Any student who wishes to take a make-up exam MUST petition the Academic Status Committee. See the Policies and Procedures for more information.

How can I find my final exam dates?

Final exam dates for the current academic year can be found on the Exams page of the Law School Registrar's website.

If I have questions about my exam grade, how do I review my exam before meeting with the professor?

You must complete the Exam Review Request Form online or in the Main Office so the exam can be pulled from storage. (24 to 48 hours is required)

Where do I go to resolve exam conflicts?

If you have an exam conflict and would like to request a time variance, you must complete an Exam Time Conflict form and bring it to the Law School Registrar’s Office.

Are students ranked and if so, when?

The Duquesne University School of Law ranking procedure is completed after the fall and spring semesters once all final grades have been received and the end of term process has been completed.

  • First year day and evening division students are not ranked until after their first year of study.
  • Part-time division students are not ranked until their final year of law school.
  • Students that transfer to Duquesne University School of Law or change divisions while attending will not be ranked until their final year.
  • Students that take a Leave of Absence or graduate off track will not be ranked.  A statement of presumptive rank can be provided if needed. 
  • All visiting, cross-registered, LLM and exchange students are excluded from rankings.
  • All other students (2D, 3D, 2E, 3E, 4E) will be ranked after each semester within their own division and year.

Can I be ranked at the end of the fall semester or receive an adjusted rank if I took summer classes?

No. Class ranks are only given at the end of the academic year. Summer grades are included in the next academic year.

May I review my rank in the DORI portal or on my transcript?

Yes, you now have the ability to view your rank in the DORI student portal while enrolled in the School of Law.  The School of Law does NOT print ranks on transcripts.

What are CALI Awards?

Duquesne University School of Law participates in the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards program which recognizes law students with excellent achievement in their studies. The award is given to the student with the highest grade in the class as determined by the professor. CALI award winners receive a printed certificate and a permanent URL VirtualAward on the CALI website. Once the certificates are mailed to our office, we place them in the student mailboxes near the student lounge.

CALI Award Winners

When will I know my class rank?

Students are ranked within their class at the end of each academic year. Part time Day students are not ranked until the last year of his or her legal education. First year students are not ranked until the end of his or her first year.  Transfer students and students who change divisions are not ranked until their final year of law school.  All other students are ranked after the fall and spring of each academic year.

Who is eligible for Academic Honors?

Academic Honors are determined by a ranking of the graduating class based on overall cumulative grade point average, as follows: the Summa Cum Laude designation to the top 5%; the Magna Cum Laude designation to the next 5%; and the Cum Laude designation to the next 10%.

These percentages are subject to the following limitation: No student shall graduate Summa Cum Laude unless his/her cumulative grade point average is at least 3.5, and no student shall graduate Magna Cum Laude unless his/her cumulative grade point average is at least 3.25.

Cumulative grade point averages shall not be rounded up to qualify for honors under any of the foregoing formulas.

Do I have to get Student Health Insurance?

Duquesne University requires all full-time students to have health insurance. The University offers a comprehensive and cost effective plan to all students who do not have health insurance.

If you do not provide proof of insurance, you will be automatically enrolled in the University's plan and a fee will be added to your tuition.

More information can be found on the Human Resources webpage.

Who do I contact if I need accommodations for a disability?

Any student with special needs who desires accommodations for exams or other class-related needs must contact the Duquesne University Office of Special Student Services at 412-396-6657 to begin the process of documenting the condition that warrants the accommodations.  Students are encouraged to begin this process as soon as possible.

Office of Special Student Services

Once a condition is formally documented, the Office of Special Student Services will determine the accommodations that are appropriate for the student, and will notify the Law School's Assistant Dean of Students.  Students must complete this process in order to be afforded accommodations at the School of Law.  Duquesne University's policy with regard to accommodations for disabled students is available online.

Procedures for Students Receiving Testing Accommodations

Office of International Programs

The University Counseling Center

The Psychology Clinic

Who do I call if I am unable to attend classes due to illness or medical reasons?

You must call or email the Assistant Dean of Students as soon as possible.

Am I required to use my Duquene University email address?

Yes, your Duquesne University personal email account is the official method of communication. Notice will be considered received one day following the date the notice is posted to your email account. Failure to check your email account does not excuse or exempt you from any actions required of you by the University.

What is a MultiPass Account and how do I get one?

MultiPass is the Duquesne University single sign-on account for students, faculty and staff.

Learn more.

Can I drop a course after I have been registered for it?

All students, excluding first year students, are permitted to change their schedule during the posted add/drop period. After the add/drop period, students must petition the Academic Status Committee for a withdrawal from the course. If the request is approved, the course will be considered a withdrawal, and a “W” grade will be posted on the student’s transcript for that course.

Can I visit or enroll in courses at another School of Law and what are the procedures?

Yes, you may participate in the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education (PCHE) program with the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law and transfer the credits to Duquesne University. Any request to enroll in courses at another School of Law must be approved by the Academic Status Committee which is chaired by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. All requests must be typed. Any request to take summer courses at another School of Law must be approved by the Academic Status Committee which is chaired by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

How can I track my academic progress?

RAPP (Review Academic Program Progress) is a tool for students to review your progress through academic programs and identify the classes you need to take to complete your degree. To use RAPP, go to DORI - Self-Service Banner, Student Information, Registration, and Review Academic Program Progress.

Who do I contact if I would like to change my status from a full-time student to a part-time student or vice versa?

Students interested in switching divisons must complete a Petition for Division Change form and email it directly to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Academic Status Committee will review your request and determine if it has been granted. The Committee will not entertain division change petitions from students who have not yet completed at least one year at Duquesne School of Law. You may submit the petition, but the Committee will not grant it until all grades from the first year have been submitted.