Pre-Law at Duquesne

Pre-Law Overview

Law schools accept qualified applicants from any undergraduate major, but encourage students to gain proficiency in the following areas:

  • Comprehension and use of language;
  • Understanding of human institutions and values;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Analytical skills; and
  • Philosophy and ethical considerations.

The Pre-Law Director assists students in selecting courses and majors that develop excellence in these areas.


Most law schools require the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The test is administered four times a year at locations throughout the country. Students are encouraged to take the test in June after their junior year or October of their senior year. Information about the LSAT and other aspects of law school admission can be found online at the Law School Admissions Council. The Pre-Law Director in the Department of Political Science maintains a collection of books about the LSAT, law school, and law careers. The LSAT is administered at locations across the country, but also at Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.

Duquesne's 3-3 Early Admissions Law Program

This program allows students to complete a B.A./B.S. degree and a law degree (J.D.) in 6 years, rather than the normal 7. For more information, speak with the Pre-Law Director, or speak to the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.

Internship/Shadowing Programs

Current undergraduate internship programs have resulted in students enrolling in 1-6 credit internships in judges' chambers, law firms, corporate offices, and nonprofit law organizations in Pittsburgh and nationwide. The current internship program is run by the University's Pre-Law Advisor, and additional information may be obtained by contacting the Pre-Law Advisor at Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.