Expanding law horizons: Business Essentials for Lawyers Micro-Credential program to begin in the fall

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Law is part of life as a society; our law students receive the training to become stewards of justice and advocates of the good for all. Business is likewise fundamentally important and is observed in all facets of life. The School of Law is pleased to partner with Duquesne's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business to offer our law students a business perspective with the Business Essentials for Lawyers Micro-Credential program to begin in the Fall 2021 semester, with Seth Oranburg directing the program.

"Business acumen and financial tools are critical components of modern law practice. Our collaboration with the School of Business ensures our law students receive this unique skillset expanding their possibilities in law," said Dean April Barton.

The program-developed to expand horizons of law students-is open to students who are enrolled in Duquesne's School of Law Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program. This is an additional way to diversify career opportunities.

"Whether the law student intends to pursue private practice, join a law firm or practice in-house, coupling fundamental business acumen with the Duquesne lawyer's toolkit is a significant differentiator. Moreover, the Business Essentials for Lawyers Micro-Credential can be stacked with the J.D.-M.B.A. for those who wish to further develop their business expertise and ability to provide guidance to clients in a variety of areas," said Dr. Karen Russo Donovan, associate dean of graduate programs & executive education for the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Those who are enrolled in the micro-credential program and who wish to work toward an M.B.A. degree will receive six credits toward that professional degree.

Students must have completed the first one-third of their J.D. coursework and be in good standing. Law students who enroll in the Business Essentials for Lawyers Micro-Credential program are required to take nine credits. Those credits include four graduate courses from the School of Business and one from the School of Law. The required courses are listed here.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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