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What is the most recent class profile?

Do you have both day and evening programs?

Does Duquesne Law offer joint degrees or special programs of study?

Does Duquesne Law offer clinical opportunities?

How does Duquesne Law prepare its students for the Bar Exam?

Does Duquesne Law provide assistance with job placement?

Can I visit the law school and observe a class?

How can I find out if Duquesne Law will be recruiting at my school or in my area?

When should I apply?

What is the deadline to apply?

Where do I find the application for admission?

Is Duquesne Law on rolling admission?

How are applications reviewed?

How can I create the best application?

Does the Admissions Committee require personal interviews with applicants?

Can I apply as a transfer student?

Are visiting students accepted to Duquesne Law?

When should I take the LSAT?

Can I take the LSAT more than once?

How do you handle multiple LSAT scores, will you take the highest score?

How does Duquesne Law view the LSAT-Flex?

What is the latest LSAT you will accept?

Does Duquesne Law offer academic scholarships?

Are there any other scholarships for 1L’s?

Does Duquesne offer financial aid?

What is Duquesne's code for the FAFSA?

What is the most recent class profile?

Information on the most recent entering class can be found on the Fast Facts & Class Profile page.

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Do you have both day and evening programs?

Yes, we have a Full-Time Day division, Part-Time Day division, and Part-Time Evening division at Duquesne Law to allow students to study at the time that is most convenient for them.

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Does Duquesne Law offer joint degrees or special programs of study?

Yes, Duquesne Law offers several joint degree options as well as the Business Essentials for Lawyers Micro-Credential.

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Does Duquesne Law offer clinical opportunities?

Clinical education is one of the instructional cornerstones of Duquesne University School of Law. As a student here, you will have the opportunity to participate in law clinics, externships, pro bono programs, and fellowships that offer live client experiences and often include opportunities to appear in court.

The Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education enables Duquesne students to serve the community while working for credit and receiving practical legal education.

Clinical opportunities include:

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How does Duquesne Law prepare its students for the Bar Exam?

Duquesne University School of Law is ranked 6th in the nation as "Top Law School for Bar Passage." We make it a priority to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for the bar examination, so you can be practice-ready when you graduate.

During every year of study, you can take advantage of academic excellence programs, followed closely by comprehensive bar preparation. Duquesne Law's bar services offer you a rigorous curriculum taught by acclaimed professors, a nationally ranked legal writing program, hands-on learning gained through unique clinical programs, and special bar preparation options. Read more about the importance of bar studies.

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Does Duquesne Law provide assistance with job placement?

Yes. The Career Services Office (CSO) at the Law School provides assistance to all law students and alumni seeking employment in the legal profession. Throughout the year, the CSO offers seminars and workshops designed to aid students and alumni at various stages of the career planning process. 

If you have any questions regarding career services, please contact:

Duquesne University School of Law
Career Services Office
Phone: 412.396.6559
Email: lawcareers@duq.edu 

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Can I visit the law school and observe a class?

To set up a visit, observe a class, or participate in an online session, click: Visit, Tour, and Engage with Us for available dates/times.

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How can I find out if Duquesne Law will be recruiting at my school or in my area?

Duquesne Law wants to meet you so our representatives will be attending law and graduate school fairs both in-person and virtually. Check out our recruitment calendar for event dates and information. New events will be added throughout the season so check back often.

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When should I apply?

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. We do not offer a mid-year admission program. 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.

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What is the deadline to apply?

Applicants who wish to receive consideration for merit scholarship should apply by the Priority Deadline of April 1.

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Where do I find the application for admission?

You can access the application for admission to Duquesne Law at "Apply to Duquesne Law".

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Is Duquesne Law on rolling admission?

Yes. As applications become complete they are sent to the Admissions Committee for review. A late application could reduce your opportunity for admission or scholarship. There is an exception to the rolling admissions policy for binding Early Decision applicants. Early Decision applications are due December 31 and all Early Decision applicants will receive a decision no later than January 31.

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How are applications reviewed?

All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee in the order that they become complete. Relevant factors such as academic achievement, the competitiveness of the undergraduate institution, aptitude as measured by the LSAT, extracurricular activities, letter(s) of recommendation, work history, and other experiences are carefully considered by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will discuss all relevant information then make a decision on the applicant's request for admission. Since all admission decisions are final, and will not be reconsidered, it is important to provide complete and accurate information on the application.

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How can I create the best application?

As you prepare to apply to law school you may be asking yourself: "How do I create the most competitive application, and ensure that I'm a great fit for the Law School?" We've got the answer: Read, Research, Reach out.

  • READ about the Law School and ensure the program is right for you.
  • RESEARCH the details of the admissions process and requirements.
  • REACH OUT to Admissions.

Those three R's are the framework for a strong application to Duquesne Law. We look forward to working with you!

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Does the Admissions Committee require personal interviews with applicants?

As part of the admissions process for the 3/3 Early Admission Program, candidates are required to complete an in-person interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews are arranged after applications are submitted and complete. The Admissions Committee reserves the option to interview applicants for regular admission as needed.

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Can I apply as a transfer student?

Yes, we review transfer student applications based on a variety of factors, including your entire academic record, up through the first year of law school.

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Are visiting students accepted to Duquesne Law?

Yes, visiting students may apply for fall or spring admission.

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When should I take the LSAT?

We recommend that applicants take the LSAT twice; once in early fall and second in early spring. Please visit the Law School Admission Council at www.lsac.org for more information.

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Can I take the LSAT more than once?

Yes. If an applicant has taken the LSAT multiple times and has multiple LSAT scores on file with LSAC it is the policy of the Admissions Committee to use the higher of the scores, without averaging the scores.

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How do you handle multiple LSAT scores, will you take the highest score?

We encourage applicants to plan to take the LSAT twice. We will accept the highest score submitted.

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How does Duquesne Law view the LSAT-Flex?

We have reviewed the information on the format of the LSAT-Flex. For purposes of application review, we will consider the LSAT-Flex in the same way that we have considered the traditional LSAT: it is one of the many factors used in our holistic admissions review process.

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What is the latest LSAT you will accept?

Applicants to the full-time and part-time day division should plan to take the LSAT no later than February. Applicants to the part-time evening division may take the April LSAT.

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Does Duquesne Law offer academic scholarships?

Yes. ALL accepted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships awarded by the Law School. These tuition awards are made each year to admitted students based on their records of achievement, aptitude for the study of law, and general background. These scholarships can be renewed annually. A separate application or request is NOT required. Scholarship awards are sent to qualified candidates shortly after admission.

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Are there any other scholarships for 1L’s?

Yes, there are several other scholarships funded by our alumni that can be applied for after a student is admitted. It is best to apply early if you are interested in these scholarships.

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Does Duquesne offer financial aid?

Yes. Financial aid is processed centrally through the Duquesne University Financial Aid Office. This includes Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and private educational loans. The School of Law does not process financial aid.

To apply for financial aid, applicants must be currently enrolled in the University or be in the process of applying for admission. Applicants to the School of Law should not wait until admission to submit their financial aid application. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov by the May 31 priority deadline. Be sure to list Duquesne University with the school code 003258.

*Full-time applicants to the School of Law DO NOT have to complete the Duquesne Financial Aid Application. 

For further information, please contact:

Duquesne University
Office of Financial Aid
Phone: 412.396.6607
Email: faoffice@duq.edu 

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What is Duquesne's code for the FAFSA?

Duquesne's school code is: 003258

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Waitlist FAQ

Is the waitlist ranked?
The waitlist is not ranked. If an opening occurs, all applicants on the waitlist will be reviewed and reconsidered by our Admissions Committee before a selection is made.

How many students are admitted from the waitlist?
We cannot predict the number of students to be admitted from the waitlist each year; it will be entirely dependent on the number of students who accept our offer of admission.

When is the latest I would receive an offer?
Because we may learn of unexpected withdrawals throughout the summer, we may be selecting candidates from the waitlist as late as the first day of Orientation.

Will I be considered for merit scholarship if I'm admitted from the waitlist?
Yes, if you are admitted from the waitlist you will be considered for merit scholarship.

What can I do to indicate my interest in remaining on the waitlist?
• Complete the online waitlist form so that we know you are still interested;
• Submit a letter of continued interest by emailing the Office of Admissions at lawadmissions@duq.edu;
• Email us any new information you'd like added to your application such as:

  • Recent award notices;
  • Updated resume;
  • Submit one or more of the optional application essays - Why Duquesne?; Diversity; Leadership; and/or Overcoming Obstacles;

• Update transcripts with LSAC (if applicable); and,
• Advise us via email if you are retaking the LSAT.

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