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Paralegal Institute

Career Outlook

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Prepare for these new career opportunities with a noncredit paralegal certificate from Duquesne University School of Law. Our Paralegal Institute offers you an in-depth,on-line educational program and practical skills resulting in a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. It fact, it is one of only a few programs in the entire country approved by the American Bar Association and administered by a School of Law.

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Online Classes: Flexibility to Fit Your Life

All classes are delivered in an on-line format using both synchronous and asynchronous learning. You can begin in any of the four terms and pursue your studies either part-time in the evening or full-time over the summer. 

September - December
January - March
April - June
June - August
Part Time Evening Program

Our part-time evening program is built for flexibility. Classes are offered in the evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Each class meets once a week and students can take the amount of classes that they choose, completing the program over several terms. Many students who work full-time, or have other full-time responsibilities find this schedule appealing. For more information, contact our office at paralegal@duq.eduOur next available term will begin on January 3, 2022.  Now is the best time to apply.

Full Time Summer Program

The Summer Daytime Intensive Program allows students to complete the entire program of 10 courses and earn a Certificate in General Practice in just one summer. This is the quickest way to complete the program. Find out more about the summer program including schedule and other details here The summer 2022 term will begin on Monday, June 13, 2022.


Hear from Our Students

As a student here you will learn from distinguished faculty representing numerous areas of the legal field, have access to two law libraries, and you will receive personalized attention in the classroom and in planning your next career move.

Why Duquesne? Find out why paralegal students and alumni chose Duquesne University School of Law's Paralegal Institute.

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Our program is open to individuals with an associate’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution. Other applicants are considered on a provisional basis with significant work experience.

If you are interested in becoming a paralegal or advancing in your current position, learn more about the program and the application process and apply today.


Request information or contact the Paralegal Institute at 412.396.1643 or

Statistics Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.