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Paralegal Institute

Our Paralegal Institute in the Duquesne University School of Law offers a certificate focused in Paralegal Studies that will provide you with the confidence, connections, practical skills —and enhanced resume — to start or advance your career in the legal community.

Paralegal Studies Certificate 

Our fully online format allows us to be accessible to students all over the country and world. Courses are taught both synchronously and asynchronously by faculty with extensive professional backgrounds and real-life experiences working in the legal field.

ABA-Approved Certificate (10 courses)

  • Full Paralegal Studies Certificate (ABA-approved certificate, 10 courses): If you are ready to be a paralegal this certificate program is for you. It's offered full time over the summer or part time in the evenings during fall, winter and spring terms. Classes are delivered in a fully online format using both synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

You can begin our certificate program in any of the four terms below and complete your studies either part time in the evening (ideally over six terms in one and a half years) or full time over the summer (in 11 weeks).

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 you can choose the number of classes you want to take per term, completing the program over several terms.

Next term Fall 2022 begins on September 12, 2022.  See below for the Fall schedule.

Fall 2022 Schedule

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.eduNow 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, offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and earn a Certificate in General Practice in just one summer. This is the quickest way to complete the program. The summer 2022 term will begin on Monday, June 13, 2022.

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Career Outlook

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to continue to grow by 12 percent through 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Statistics Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Hear from Our Students

As a student at Duquesne University, 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 your studies 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.

Learn More and Apply Today

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 412.396.6313, 412.396.6299 or