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At Duquesne, our Catholic and Spiritan Mission sets us apart. Our Mission emphasizes ethics, education as a path to empowerment, service to the underserved, a profound commitment to justice, and is based on the premise of inclusion and mutual respect.

Based on our Spiritan Mission, there is an intentionality around a holistic education and we care about our students as complete individuals. Without question, Duquesne trains ethical, competent, and practice ready
lawyers. Our top-notch faculty teach, engage, and challenge our students to not only think like lawyers, but to be lawyers. Our graduates develop a strong basis of knowledge in the law coupled with a command of the skills needed to be successful in practice.

As the only Spiritan law school in the world, we serve God by serving students, imparting academic, analytical, and practical skills essential to applying legal principles to actual problem-solving for the good of individual clients, for the betterment of society, and in furtherance of justice.

Read Dean April Barton's 2020 year end letter and funds statement.

Vision Fund

While honoring our history and being clear about who we are today, we must develop a vision for our future-a vision that requires us to stretch and challenge ourselves to articulate a path and the pillars that will guide that journey. We are confident that generous benefactors will take advantage of the many opportunities to make a real difference by strengthening our existing programs while providing the opportunity to grow and achieve even greater results.

The Vision Fund encompasses three pillars that are essential to keeping Duquesne Law School on the forefront of legal education:

  • Collaborative Learning emphasizes our need to educate lawyers with skills beyond the courtroom; we must equip today's lawyers for the practice of law in this rapidly changing landscape by integrating critical modern skills such as financial literacy, business acumen, along with a sophistication and command of emerging technology trends that are transforming our society and global economy.
  • Teaching Principles of Leadership emphasizes creating a culture that instills a leadership mindset so that our graduates are prepared to ethically lead governments, enterprises, and organizations to make a positive impact in the world around us.
  • Community Well-Being places inclusion and belonging as fundamental imperatives, while ensuring that we are modeling respectful discourse, and emphasizing healthy living and resilience. Our community is at the heart of a holistic Duquesne education and we must always find ways to grow together.

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