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JD Jumpstart

Get ready to become a 1L!

The Duquesne University School of Law faculty will provide a summer program for incoming 1Ls to help with the transition to law school. A series of fully online asynchronous seminars hosted by our faculty will include the following topics:

Introduction to the Legal System

  • Sources of law and the court system
  • Precedent

Preparing for Class

  • Critical Reading Skills
  • Reading Case Law and Briefing
  • Statutes
  • Note Taking

Legal Reasoning

  • Rule-based reasoning
  • Analogical reasoning

Law School Assessments and Exam Taking

  • Format of Law School Exams
  • Outlining

The program is open to all incoming Duquesne Law 1L's, free of charge. Professor Herman will also offer "Meet the Faculty" virtual live sessions to provide students with an informal opportunity to ask questions. JD Jumpstart will open by June 15, 2022. No registration is required. 

Spring & Summer Admitted Students Programs

DUQ Days:

Welcome, By:

  • Hispanic American Bar Association | Tuesday, May 3 @ 6 p.m.
  • Black Law Student Association | Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 p.m. 
  • Student Bar Association | Wednesday, May 11 @ 6 p.m.
  • Part-Time Evening Students | Wednesday, May 18 @ 6 p.m. [Video Recording]

Information Sessions and Q&A:

  • Career Services Office and Q&A with Maria Comas, Esq. | Monday, May 16 @ 6 p.m. 
    • If you watch the video below and attend this session, the Director of Career Services, Maria Comas, will review a draft of your legal resume between June 1-30. Instructions are provided in the video; minute 11:45.

  • Jumpstart Information Session and Q&A with Professor Herman | Monday, May 23 @ 6 p.m.  


Admitted Students Ultimate Checklist

Virtual Tour of the Law School

Admitted Students Day Video Recordings 

Feel free to reach out to any member of the Admissions staff if you have questions or concerns. We are here to assist you.