Message from the Dean
Duquesne University School of Law seeks to admit students who will become excellent lawyers with a high degree of professional skill and a special sensitivity to ethical and moral concerns. Our mission of service leads us to build an incoming class and student body who will apply the law for the good of individual clients, for the betterment of society, and in furtherance of justice. In the Spiritan tradition, Duquesne University School of Law is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Duquesne University School of Law was a pioneer in making quality legal education available to working-class students, to minorities, and to women.
In evaluating candidates for admission, we place substantial weight on quantitative academic measures such as the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and undergraduate grades. However, we consider each candidate holistically, taking into account qualitative factors such as letters of recommendation, work experience, graduate study, leadership potential, maturity, the rigor of the program of study and institution attended, as well as service to others. As we seek to assemble a class with diverse experiences and perspectives that serves our academic mission and enriches our campus community, we also consider hardships overcome, socioeconomic disadvantage, and varied backgrounds. Duquesne University School of Law especially encourages applications from racial minorities and other under-represented groups who would enrich the diversity of our academic community.
Applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds are offered admission each year. No specific undergraduate academic curriculum is required, but it is highly recommended that the course of study emphasizes skill in critical thinking and logical analysis, and that students strive to develop strong writing skills.
ABA Required Disclosures
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Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.