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. The Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University 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 the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.
- 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 when 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 completed 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:
- Application Form: Please apply via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE):
All applicants for admissions are required to take the LSAT or the GRE. The Law School Admission Council offers the LSAT and will be sent via LSAC. The GRE is offered by ETS. Applicants who elect to take the GRE must request that ETS send the GRE scores to Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University using our institution code of 3377. We will only accept official score reports from ETS.
When to take the LSAT or GRE?
Because decisions are made on a rolling basis, it is in your best interest to take the LSAT or GRE early in the admissions cycle. We recommend that you plan to take the LSAT or GRE twice. We will accept the highest score you receive.
If you have taken both the LSAT and the GRE, all scores will be reported to the Law School, and you will be considered an LSAT candidate. As part of the holistic review, we will consider all application information submitted.
Students may submit their application before taking the LSAT or GRE for priority consideration. LSAT and GRE test scores are valid for five years.
- 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. Before matriculating at the Law School, applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Please note that signing up for CAS at least six weeks before the Law School application deadline is essential.
Registration information for the LSAT and CAS can be found on the LSAC website. You may contact LSAC directly by calling 215.968.1001.
- 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.
- 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 the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.
- Resume: Applicants must submit a current resume or CV
- TOEFL or IELTS (required for foreign applicants)
- Optional Essays: "Why Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University" Statement (optional); "Diversity" Statement (optional); "Overcoming Obstacles" Statement (optional); "Leadership Experience" Statement (optional)
Character and Fitness Information
The Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University 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 Duquesne Kline School of Law, or cause your degree to be revoked, and may jeopardize licensure with Boards of Bar Examiners.
Graduates of Duquesne Kline 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 Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University 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 Kline 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 Kline School of Law 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.