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Application Requirements for J.D. Candidates

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 skills in critical thinking and logical analysis and that students strive to develop strong writing skills. Duquesne Law does not accept students who have been dismissed from other law schools for academic reasons.

  • All candidates for admission must be graduates of an accredited college or university before registration at the School of Law.
  • There is NO application fee to apply to Duquesne Law.
  • Applicants should apply through www.lsac.org
  • Check the status of your application online and in real-time


Applications for all divisions are accepted after September 1 for the following academic year. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, therefore it is in your best interest to apply well before the priority deadline of April 1. Applications received after the priority deadline will be evaluated on a space-available basis. Decisions can take 6-8 weeks from the time an application is placed in review, and we will begin notifying applicants of their acceptance in December. Applicants are responsible for submitting all required items and can check the status of their application online via the Application Status Check.

  • JD applications received by April 1 for priority consideration are guaranteed to be considered for a merit scholarship.*
  • JD applications received after the priority deadline may be considered for a merit scholarship.
  • Binding Early Decision Program applications must be complete no later than December 31

    *Students may submit their application prior to taking the LSAT for priority consideration. We recommend applicants take the LSAT twice.                                                                                                      

Before any application can be considered, all of the following items must be submitted:

  1. Application Form: Please apply via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

  2. Law School Admission Test (LSAT):

    All applicants are required to take the LSAT. The LSAT is offered by the Law School Admission Council nine times a year. Visit www.lsac.org for information regarding the LSAT. The Admissions Committee reviews all LSAT scores on the CAS report but uses the highest LSAT score for reporting purposes.

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    Because decisions are made on a rolling basis, it is in your best interest to take the LSAT on or before the November administration.* January, February, March, and April test scores may be submitted, however, you may not receive a decision until later in the application cycle. Scores from the last five years are accepted.

    *Students may submit their application prior to taking the LSAT for priority consideration. We recommend applicants take the LSAT twice. 

  3. Candidate Assembly Service (CAS): All applicants are required to subscribe to the Law School Admission Council CAS. Official transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent directly to CAS. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university before matriculating at the Law School. Please note that it is important to sign up for CAS at least six weeks before the Law School application deadline.

    Registration information for the LSAT and CAS can be found on the LSAC website. You may contact LSAC directly by calling 215.968.1001.

  4. Letter of Recommendation: One letter of recommendation is required for each applicant. Two additional letters may be submitted for consideration. A recommendation should be submitted by a professor familiar with the applicant's academic work. Applicants who have been out of school for some time may submit a letter from an employer. Submitting letters of recommendation from family members or friends is strongly discouraged.

    Applicants should submit their letters of recommendation through the CAS letter of recommendation service.

  5. Personal Statement: A one- to two-page typed essay must be submitted. There is no required topic, but applicants should view the personal statement as an opportunity to provide the Admissions Committee with more information about themselves beyond their transcripts and LSAT scores. Applicants often address their backgrounds, why they want to practice law, and why they would like to attend Duquesne Law.

  6. Resume: Applicants must submit a current resume or CV

  7. TOEFL or IELTS (required for foreign applicants)

  8. Optional Essays: "Why Duquesne Law" Statement (optional); "Diversity" Statement (optional); "Overcoming Obstacles" Statement (optional); "Leadership Experience" Statement (optional) 

Character and Fitness Information

The School of Law application requests information regarding your character and fitness. Complete and accurate information is essential. Failure to furnish all supporting credentials or the furnishing of incorrect information may invalidate admission and registration. Any false or misleading statement, incomplete or inaccurate information, omission of the required information, or failure to update changes in information in this application may cause you to be denied admission; or, if admitted, to be dismissed from the School of Law, or cause your degree to be revoked, and may jeopardize licensure with Boards of Bar Examiners. 

Graduates of Duquesne University School of Law are eligible to take bar examinations in all jurisdictions of the United States.

Qualification 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.

Continuing Obligation to Notify

Applicants/admitted students have a continuing obligation to notify the Law School immediately if any of the following events occur: (1) They are apprehended, cited, arrested, taken into custody for, charged with, indicted or tried for, or plead guilty or no contest (nolo contendere) to, the commission of any crime, except for summary traffic violations unrelated to the use of intoxicants; (2) They are found guilty of an honor code violation at any institution of higher learning; (3) They are subject to disciplinary action by any educational institution, governmental or administrative agency (including any branch of the Armed Forces); or (4) They are notified of any misconduct or irregularity by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Duquesne University School of Law reserves the right to revoke one's acceptance based on the nature of the event.

Applicants should retain copies of all items submitted as part of the admission application. These materials become the property of Duquesne University and will be neither reproduced nor returned to the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the file for Admissions Committee consideration is complete and that all required documents have been received by the Admissions Office.

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