Duquesne University Paralegal Institute Now Housed in School of Law

The Duquesne Paralegal Institute is now housed in the University’s School of Law, making it one of only three in the United States (and the only one in the region) approved by the American Bar Association and administered by a law school.

“We are excited to create this new partnership with the Paralegal Institute that has established a reputation for excellence over the last 30 years,” said Law Dean Ken Gormley. “Our goal is to create the top program in the country, based upon this unique collaborative effort. We’re thrilled that the Paralegal Institute will now contribute to the law school’s growing national reputation and our commitment to excellence in all facets of legal education.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal and legal assistant careers are expected to grow an average of 17 percent through 2022, faster than the average of other occupations. The Paralegal Institute at Duquesne offers an in-depth educational program and practical skills, access to two law libraries and personalized attention in the classroom.

“We look forward to supporting and working with Pamela Bailey, the program director of the Paralegal Institute, to continue to build the program to become the gold standard for paralegal education in the country,” said Frank Liu, professor and associate dean for legal programs of the law school, who oversees the institute.

Classes are offered to part-time students one night per week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 11 weeks during the program’s winter (January-March), spring (April-June), summer (June-August) and fall (September-December) terms. An intensive summer program offers full-time study from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, during which students can complete the entire certificate program of 10 courses over a 12-week period.

The Paralegal Institute offers both general practice and specialty certificate options, including:

  • Certificate in General Practice
  • Certificate in Civil Litigation Concentration
  • Certificate in Corporate Law Concentration
  • Certificate in Estates Concentration
  • Certificate in Litigation Technology Concentration.

For more information on the School of Law’s Paralegal Institute, including the application process, visit www.duq.edu/law/paralegal, call 412.396.1643 or email paralegal@duq.edu.

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