First Year Students


Registration for first year law students is conducted by the Duquesne University School of Law Registrar's Office. First year students may not change the course section or division to which you are assigned. Prospective students with questions should contact the School of Law Registrar's Office at 412-396-6300 or

The School of Law's Orientation program is mandatory for ALL first year day, evening, and part-time day students and is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17, 2021 through Wednesday, August 18, 2021. All first year students must obtain a Duquesne University photo ID card which will permit the Registrar's Office to download your picture for your student file. In addition, the School of Law must receive an official copy of your undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate transcripts with the appropriate university seal.

All official transcripts must include the date that your degree was awarded and must be issued by the University Registrar of your previous school(s), and mailed directly to Duquesne University School of Law. If your LSAC transcript is final and includes your degree awarded or conferral date, you do not need to send another official copy to our office.  Registration for first year students is not complete until all necessary paperwork has been submitted, you have attended orientation and made arrangements to pay all tuition and fees.

Your financial obligation as a registered student who does not subsequently attend will NOT be cancelled unless a written (typed) notification of your decision not to attend is given to the Law School Admissions Office before the first day of classes. Students deciding to withdraw after the first day of classes must notify the Law School Registrar's Office of the withdrawal and are subject to the official withdrawal policy which can be found in the School of Law Policies and Procedures.

Tuition bills are only available online by logging into your DORI account. Tuition can be paid by eCheck or by credit card. For more information regarding billing or financial aid please visit the Student Accounts or Financial Aid websites. 

The full-time day division is designed to provide training and education for those students who wish to devote full time to the study of law.  The School of Law strongly suggests that first year day division students not engage in any outside employment during their first year at the School of Law, and strongly suggests that upper-level full-time, day division students not engage in more than 20 hours per week of outside employment.