First Year Students

2019 Orientation Schedules

Full-time Day Division Schedule

Part-time Evening Division Schedule


Fall 2019 First Year Advance Assignments

Please check back often for updates to the Advance Assignment listing.

Civil Procedure & Drafting I (Section 01- Professor Heppner)

  • Purchase the casebook at the bookstore: 'Learning Civil Procedure' (3rd ed) by Stempel, et al, ISBN- 9781683288626.
  • Before the first class, please read, in the casebook, pp. xxxvii - xlii (the Study Guide); pp. 797 - 820 (the Overview of Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution); and pp. 243 - 246 (the Unit Overview: Commencement of a Case).

Civil Procedure & Drafting I (Section 02- Professor Baicker-McKee)

Civil Procedure & Drafting I (Section 61- Professor Heppner)

  • Purchase the casebook at the bookstore: 'Learning Civil Procedure' (3rd ed) by Stempel, et al, ISBN- 9781683288626.
  • Before the first class, please read, in the casebook, pp. xxxvii - xlii (the Study Guide); pp. 797 - 820 (the Overview of Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution); pp. 243 - 246 (the Unit Overview: Commencement of a Case); pp. 247 - 265 (from Chapter 5, Pre-Filing Investigation and Sanction Rules).

Contracts I (Section 01- Professor Oranburg)

  • Prior to attending the first Contracts class, students should:
  1. Watch this introductory video
  2.  Carefully read the materials in the assignment packet, which includes Restatement (Second) of Contracts Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 and Murphy v. Burke, 454 PA 391 (1973)
  3. Students should obtain a Duquesne email account and use their Duquesne account to access Blackboard and activate their subscription to Westlaw during Orientation.  Students will need Blackboard and Westlaw for Contracts class this year.
  4. Please note that the casebook is optional this year.  All cases for this class are now available digitally on Blackboard and Westlaw.

Contracts I (Section 02- Professor Kaufman/Kitchen)

  • Read pages 1-31 in their casebook, Christina L. Kunz and Carol L. Chomsky, CONTRACTS: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (3d ed.), West Interactive Casebook Series (2018), ISBN: 978-1-68328-815-2.

Contracts I (Section 61- Professor Huhn)

  • Textbook (Kunz, Chomsky, Martin, and Schlitz, Contracts: A Contemporary Approach (3rd Edition, 2018, West Academic Publishing), ISBM 978-1-68328-815-2.: Pages 1-37: Brief both cases Embry v. Hargadine, McKittrick Dry Goods Co. and Lucy v. Zehmer) and prepare answers to Problems 2-1 through 2-10.
  • Additional Assignments: Other readings and quizzes will be posted to the course website on Blackboard after Blackboard becomes available.
  • Contact: If students have any questions about the assignment, the course, or any other matter they are welcome to contact me by phone (216-789-0507) or email (

Legal Research and Writing I (All Sections- day and evening)

Property I (Section 01- Professor Gebru)

  • Please read Introduction to Course and Legal Analysis; Concept of Property: Read pages 1 -8 in John G. Sprankling and Raymond R. Coletta, PROPERTY A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (4th ed. 2018)pp. 1-8.

Property I (Section 02- Professor Herman)

Torts I (Section 01- Professor McPeak)

  • Required coursebooks:
    • Casebook: Duncan, Turner, & Bahadur, TORTS: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (West 3d ed.) (ISBN 978-1-64020-070-8)
    • Restatement: A CONCISE RESTATEMENT OF TORTS, 3D (American Law Institute) (ISBN - 978-0-314-61671-5)
  • Required reading before the first day of class:
    • Casebook Intro, pages 1-23

Torts I (Section 02- Professor Kravetz)

  • Read pages 1-24 of the Torts casebook (Preface and Chapter 1).

Torts I (Section 61- Jamison)

  • From the course casebook, Torts: A Contemporary Approach (Duncan, Turner and Bahadur, Third Edition), read and be prepared to discuss the Preface & Chapter 1 (pp 1-23), and the first section of Chapter 2 (pp 25-44)--on the legal meaning of "Intent".



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