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SCHOOL OF LAW Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Welcome from the Dean.........1 Faculty...........................................2 Academics................................... 4 Clinical Legal Education.........9 Career Services........................ 12 Global Perspectives................14 Student Life............................... 17 Student Publications.............. 18 Law Libraries............................. 19 Alumni Network......................20 Duquesne University............. 22 Pittsburgh.................................. 24 Admissions................................ 27 Financial Aid............................. 32 Schedule a Visit.......................34

It’s an exciting time to be a student at Duquesne University School of Law. Our curriculum offers new practice-area concentrations and extensive skills training and bar preparation. Our new clinical legal education building just opened. And our legal research and writing program continues to be recognized as a national leader in developing professional writing skills for today’s legal careers.

It’s time to discover Duquesne University School of Law.

BEST VALUE Law School One of only seven private law schools recognized — National Jurist magazine September 2014

WELCOME TO DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW If the standard of a law school’s greatness is the caliber of its students, the success of its graduates, and the dedication of its faculty, then there is no doubt that the Duquesne University School of Law stands among the nation’s best. At Duquesne, we seek the best and brightest students to join our community of scholars, and we prepare them for success every step of the way. You cannot get lost here. The deans and professors will know you from the day you walk in the front door, and you will know them. Classes are small. Professors are easily accessible to students and spend many hours with them. You can see any of the top administrators, including me, on a drop-in basis. Together we learn, we produce scholarly works, and we make a difference in our community and in our world. Our alumni have achieved key leadership positions in government and in business, and have excelled in private practice. We are proud of the number of graduates who have attained judicial office in Pennsylvania, New York, California, and many other states. We are grateful to have active alumni who contribute time, talent, and resources on behalf of their law school alma mater and our current students. Finally, there is one factor that distinguishes our law school: and that, quite simply, is the fact that we are part of Duquesne University, a Catholic institution dedicated to moral, ethical, and spiritual values. In an era when ethical concerns are among the most important questions facing the legal profession, Duquesne University’s School of Law has, for a century, reflected the University’s unique emphasis on justice and service to others. This rich combination of attributes, along with the convenience of full-time and part-time evening and day programs, and a competitive tuition rate, leads a large number of talented students to apply each year. Those selected bring a mix of backgrounds and experiences and enjoy an atmosphere of openness and diversity. You are invited to read on and learn more about the many dynamic opportunities that Duquesne University School of Law has to offer. We hope that you will consider becoming a part of our rich tradition. Sincerely,

Ken Gormley Dean, Professor of Law




Recent Additions to Full-Time Faculty Steven Baicker-McKee, J.D. Assistant Professor of Law Education: J.D., William and Mary Law School; B.A., Yale University

At Duquesne University School of Law, we provide our faculty with a rich environment for teaching, research, scholarship, and service. Our students benefit from their expertise from day one. Here you will find inspiring teachers and caring mentors who will help you to achieve your best. You will get to know your professors in the classroom, in selecting concentrations, in scholarly research, and in career development. As a graduate, you will continue to work with your instructors in new ways through bar associations, law firms, business groups, and the community at large. Meet the people who will inform your future. Learn more about the School of Law faculty at

Courses: Advanced Pretrial Litigation; Civil Procedure and Drafting I; Civil Procedure II; Energy Law; Federal Litigation Clinic

Valarie K. Blake, J.D., M.A. Visiting Assistant Professor of Law Education: M.A., Case Western Reserve University; J.D. and B.S., University of Pittsburgh Courses: Health Care Fraud and Abuse; Health Care Law; Health Care Organizations and Finance; Professional Responsibility

Katherine L. W. Norton, J.D. Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Externship Coordinator Education: J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law; B.S., Allegheny College Courses: Advanced Externship Seminar; Family Law Clinic; Non-Profit Externship Seminar

“As part of the Duquesne concept that graduates will be practice-ready, our faculty are providing more real-world training, more skills training, and more ethics training through our doctrinal curriculum.� Jane Campbell Moriarty, J.D. Carol Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Professor of Law J.D., Boston College Law School B.A., Boston College

Wesley Oliver, J.S.D., LL.M., J.D. Associate Professor and Criminal Justice Program Director Education: J.S.D. and LL.M., Yale Law School; J.D. and B.A., University of Virginia Courses: Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure: Bail to Jail; Criminal Procedure: The Police Function; Evidence; Fact Investigations



Jacob H. Rooksby, Ph.D., J.D., M.Ed. Assistant Professor of Law Education: Ph.D., J.D., and M.Ed., University of Virginia; A.B., College of William and Mary Courses: Corporate Governance in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Spheres; Fundamentals of Intellectual Property; Law and Higher Education; Social Media and the Law; Technology Innovation Law; Torts I and II

Ann L. Schiavone, J.D. Assistant Professor of Legal Writing Education: J.D., Duquesne University School of Law; B.A., Saint Vincent College Courses: Companion Animal Law and Policy; Legal Research and Writing; Pennsylvania Legislative Process and Drafting

Laurie Serafino, J.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Legal Education Education: J.D., Southwestern University School of Law; B.A., University of California, Davis Courses: Criminal Procedure; Oversees all Clinical Legal Education Programs

Kirsha Weyandt Trychta, J.D. Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills and Director of Academic Excellence Education: J.D., Duquesne University School of Law; B.S. and Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh Courses: Academic Support; Advanced Legal Reasoning; Criminal Defense Program; Legal Research and Writing

Dr. John E. Murray Jr. received the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award from the International Conference on Contracts for his extraordinary contributions as a law professor, university leader, author, practicing lawyer, public servant, and renowned authority in the United States on the law of contracts. S.J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School J.D., Catholic University Law School B.S., La Salle University





Full-Time Day Our three-year curriculum in residence is designed for students who can devote full-time effort to the study of law.

Students may participate in joint degree programs with Duquesne University School of Law and select graduate programs within the University. The process begins with an independent application and standardized test requirements for each program.

Part-Time Evening Working professionals can apply to the part-time evening program of study leading to graduation after four years in residence. Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday evenings and occasionally on Saturdays. Part-Time Day Duquesne also offers a unique program for students to pursue legal studies on a part-time day schedule within four years. Admission criteria and performance standards are the same for all J.D. students.

LL.M. FOR FOREIGN LAWYERS The School of Law offers a one-year Foreign Lawyer LL.M. degree to candidates who have already completed legal studies in their home countries. Both general studies in American law and a bar-track curriculum are available. For more details, visit

Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration School of Law/John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management School of Law/Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity School of Law/Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Healthcare Ethics School of Law/McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Philosophy School of Law/McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Upon admission, the student should consult with each school to plan the course of study. For details about a joint degree program, begin with the master’s program pages found at





CONCENTRATIONS Optional concentrations allow our students to pursue a focused curriculum that corresponds to their particular areas of interest in the law. •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••

Business Law Civil Litigation Criminal Law Energy and Environmental Law Family Law Government and Public Interest Law Health Law and Science Intellectual Property Law International and Comparative Law Labor and Employment Law Real Property Law Religion and Moral Life Tax and Estate Planning Law

Meet a few Duquesne Law students pursuing practice-area concentrations. Learn more by visiting

CARA MIA PINTO Concentration: Intellectual Property Law Hometown: Scranton, Pa. Education: B.S., Penn State University Patent engineering intern for IBM; officer for the Duquesne Intellectual Property Law Association “I’m interested in patent, trademark, and copyright law. I chose to attend Duquesne University School of Law because Duquesne has a great reputation in the region and is located in a city that is becoming an intellectual property law hot spot.”

THEO COLLINS Concentration: Energy and Environmental Law Hometown: Jamestown, N.Y. Education: B.A., State University of New York at Fredonia U.S. Marine Corps veteran; law clerk with oil and gas law firm; officer for the Energy and Mineral Law Society “Energy law is a field experiencing significant growth. Companies are investing millions into exploration and development of the vast reserves of natural gas, and along with that comes growth in associated fields. The legal field is a huge part of the development of our energy resources. Opportunities exist in environmental regulation and compliance, real estate transactions, government service, in-house counsel, and litigation.”


RUBEN CRUZ Concentration: Health Law and Science Hometown: Miami, Fla. Education: M.B.A., University of Dayton; B.A., Universidad Metropolitana, Puerto Rico Contracts and grants officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Pittsburgh; intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania “Duquesne’s health law concentration offers courses that are directly relevant to the industry as well as highly qualified professors and adjuncts teaching the curriculum. With health law and compliance growing rapidly in the nation, Duquesne is putting a focus on this burgeoning field of law.”

AMANDA S. BARR Concentration: Criminal Law Hometown: Latrobe, Pa. Education: B.A., University of Pittsburgh Law clerk; president of the Duquesne Criminal Law Association; evening program president of the Family Law Society “When researching law schools, I was impressed with Duquesne Law’s graduation success rate and the percentage of graduates passing the bar. The evening program presented me with an excellent opportunity to attend law school while still maintaining an income. Now, as a student, the criminal law concentration is allowing me to pursue my professional passions.”

LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING First-year students gain fundamental hands-on training through Duquesne Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program. Beginning with orientation and progressing through the fall semester in small class sections, you will learn essential techniques for legal analysis, research, and objective writing. You will then devote the spring coursework to additional research skills as well as persuasive writing and oral advocacy techniques. An appellate advocacy assignment and oral arguments before a panel of alumni judges will be a highlight of your first year of study. Learn more at

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Schools 2015 Specialty Ranking: Legal Writing places Duquesne’s program at No. 12 in the nation. The program director, Professor Jan Levine, received two of the nation’s top legal writing awards in 2014.




BAR PREPARATION ONLINE COURSES In 2014, Duquesne Law offered Advanced Constitutional Law: Current Issues as a pilot online course. Learn more about the two-credit course and new online offerings at

Duquesne University School of Law offers you a comprehensive approach to bar preparation, starting with the Academic Excellence Program your first year. Our bar services also include an intensive upper-level course, Core Competencies for Legal Practice, and two innovative programs with the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. The Duquesne Bar Roundtable brings lawyers to campus to share advice. And Bar Buddies teams recent graduates with young lawyers during the summer bar preparation period. Duquesne also offers an intensive week-long series of lectures for recent graduates, and individual tutoring for select students. Our first-time bar passage rate has exceeded the Pennsylvania state average in seven of the last eight years, with a high of 97 percent in 2009. Learn more about Duquesne Law’s wide-ranging bar services at

Recent Duquesne graduates have taken the bar exam in these and other jurisdictions: •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••

Colorado Florida Georgia Illinois Maryland Massachusetts Nevada New Jersey

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New York North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Utah Virginia West Virginia Wisconsin

Richard C. Gaffney, Associate Dean and Director of Bar Services, consults with upper-level students in the Duquesne Center for Legal Information.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE PROGRAM Our Academic Excellence Program is available to help you during all years of your legal education. You can enroll in any Academic Excellence workshop or course, attend a structured study group, borrow materials from the Study Room, or request a one-on-one appointment at any time. During your first semester, you can take advantage of Legal Skills I, an optional course that provides a legal system overview and exposes you to case briefing and legal analysis, as well as course outlining and exam preparation. In the second semester, Legal Skills II provides guidance on rule synthesis, legal application, and time management. A second-year course offers in-depth training in legal reasoning for law school exams, the bar exam, and legal practice. The Academic Excellence Program also offers peer tutors, who hold weekly study groups, and individual appointments throughout the academic year and summer. Learn more at







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CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education

Clinical education is one of Duquesne’s instructional cornerstones. Our law students work with real clients in real cases through in-house clinics and practicums, externships, pro bono programs, and summer public interest fellowships.

NEW CLINIC BUILDING STEPS FROM DOWNTOWN COURTS Duquesne recently opened the Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, located within blocks of downtown courthouses, public agencies, and law firms. The building features a new mock courtroom equipped with a digital system that allows students to record practice sessions and later play them back on smartphones, iPads, and laptops.

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Full-time law professors direct the in-house clinics and provide practical and ethical training. Students also learn from experienced local attorneys and specialists in clinic classrooms and at on-site program locations.

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NEAR DOWNTOWN COURTHOUSES AND AGENCIES •• City-County Building •• Allegheny County Courthouse •• Allegheny County Family Law Center •• U.S. Bankruptcy Court •• U.S. District Court •• Federal Building •• And many law firms and businesses


Clinical Legal Education Director Laurie Serafino, left, with clinical faculty Joseph Sabino Mistick and Tracey McCants Lewis.

CLINICS AND PRACTICUM Duquesne University School of Law developed one of the first criminal law veterans clinics in the country.

Veterans Clinic Students assist veterans charged with offenses adjudicated through the Allegheny County Veterans Court. The students prepare and present cases for disposition and stay in touch with veterans to ensure they are following court-ordered substance abuse or mental health treatment plans offered as alternatives to incarceration. Family Law Clinic Students work under the supervision of a family law attorney to represent income-qualified clients with cases involving domestic abuse, divorce settlement, child support, and child custody. Civil Rights Clinic Students work with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, and the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP on matters involving employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and civil rights advocacy. Unemployment Compensation Clinic Students assist low-income clients with unemployment compensation matters, including voluntary quit, willful misconduct, overpayment, offsets, seasonal work, and eligibility issues.

Federal Litigation Clinic Students provide legal representation in criminal and civil rights matters for indigent prisoners with trials before the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Urban Development Practicum Students provide legal services to nonprofit community development organizations, municipal corporations, and government agencies working in distressed communities.

EXTERNSHIPS Duquesne University School of Law places students in dozens of externship site locations each year, including placements for class credit in county, state, and federal judicial offices; city, state, and federal government agencies; and legal aid and nonprofit organizations.


Daniel Conlon-Gutiérrez, 2014, interned with the Supreme Court of Costa Rica as a McGinley Public Service Fellow.

Criminal Defense Program provides an externship and classroom instruction in criminal defense. Students assist in the representation of criminal defendants in cases being handled by the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel. Criminal Prosecution Program offers an externship with the District Attorney’s Office and classroom instruction covering all facets of criminal law, from a suspect’s arrest through the trial and post-trial stages. KidsVoice Program provides an opportunity to work with a 501(c)(3) organization that represents abused, neglected, and at-risk children in proceedings involving the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families. Public Defender Adult Program provides an opportunity to work with the Office of the Public Defender to represent adults accused of crimes. Through classroom instruction and direct work with clients, students learn the stages of a criminal case and prepare, file, and argue motions, and handle preliminary hearings before district justices. Public Defender Juvenile Program provides an opportunity to gain an understanding of the juvenile justice system and learn how juvenile cases progress through the court system. Experiences include conducting client interviews, developing defense strategies with

attorneys, drafting motions, and representing clients in detention, disposition, and review hearings. Landlord Tenant Program offers an opportunity to work with Neighborhood Legal Services Association to learn landlord-tenant law and gain hands-on experience working with persons facing eviction, among other issues. Students receive an introduction to poverty law, subsidized housing, bankruptcy law, and domestic violence.

PRO BONO PROGRAM Duquesne students and alumni share a rich tradition of pro bono legal service to the community. All placements are arranged by Duquesne’s pro bono coordinator and based on students’ individual interests and availability. Current placements include Disabilities Law Project, ACLU, and Education Law Center, among many others.

FELLOWSHIPS Two programs offer Duquesne law students the chance to receive financial support while working in public service/ public interest during the summer months. The Summer Public Interest Fellowship program places students with organizations providing direct legal services to low-income and underserved clients. The McGinley Fellowship program supports students who are interested in working in public service in executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government or related agencies.




CAREER READY CAREER SERVICES SERVICES FOR STUDENTS •• Individual Career Counseling •• Alumni Mentor Program •• Resume and Cover Letter Reviews •• Mock Interviews •• On-Campus Recruitment •• Judicial Clerkship Presentations

As legal markets continue to evolve, Duquesne offers career services that address ever-changing needs. Our Career Services Office is a dynamic place. Here students find new opportunities to supplement doctrinal education with practical experience, graduating students find assistance securing employment in their chosen areas of practice, and employers find students and alumni prepared to assume professional positions.

•• Practice Area and Concentration Fairs


•• Solo and Small Firm Practice Seminars

Our Career Services Office will help you hit the ground running. Before you even start classes at Duquesne University School of Law, you will learn about the comprehensive slate of services for students and young alumni.

•• Alternative Career Workshops •• Lawyers on Location •• DuqLawConnect Employment Portal •• The Common Plea Blog

Orientation will give you a preview with the 1L Job Search Series, which includes: 1L Summer Job Search, Crafting a Legal Resume, Preparing a Cover Letter, Fall Recruiting, and other topics.

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS Check out the Duquesne University School of Law profile card for a snapshot of our latest employment statistics. Duquesne’s complete employment report at nine months after graduation is available via


Samantha H. Coyne Employer Outreach Manager

Bethany Williard, 2014, and Matthew Swisher, 2014, at an Informational Career Fair


n Employed – J.D. Advantage n Employed – Professional Position n Employed – Non-Professional Position n Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time n Unemployed – Start Date Deferred n Unemployed – Not Seeking

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Gabriela Steier, 2012, and Mary-Jo Rebelo, 1988, at an Alumni Mentor Program Reception

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n Public Interest 55.12%


n Clerkships n Education n Employer Type Unknown

n Unemployed – Seeking n Employment Status Unknown This document does not include the complete data that the School of Law is required to disclose under ABA Standard 509. The complete data can be found online at





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To enhance student opportunities in the growing fields of global law, Duquesne offers several summer study abroad programs. Sessions are typically three weeks in length and are offered for varying hours of ABA-approved credit. Programs also offer a number of optional externships. CHINA SUMMER STUDY OF LAW Duquesne was the first American law school to establish a summer program in Beijing, China. Sponsored by Duquesne and hosted by the prestigious China University of Political Science and Law, the program features a comprehensive survey of the Chinese legal system. The intensive three-week curriculum provides unique insight into the ancient yet changing legal landscape in the world’s most populous nation. In addition to five credits of coursework, students have the opportunity to earn an additional credit by completing an approved externship with a law firm in Beijing. EUROPEAN SUMMER STUDY OF LAW Through a partnership between the law faculty of the University of Cologne and the Duquesne University School of Law, students participate in modules in Germany, Belgium, and France. These include lectures in European Public Law, including one at the Sorbonne in Paris, lectures at the European Union government headquarters in Brussels, and a number of cultural excursions in Cologne,

Germany, and elsewhere in Europe. Following the threeweek, 4.5 credit-hour program, students may work in an international law office through an optional externship. IRELAND SUMMER STUDY OF LAW The summer study of law in Ireland program, offered in conjunction with the University College Dublin Faculty of Law and the Queen’s University, offers modules in the Law of the European Union, International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, and Human Rights Laws. In addition to the classroom program, a number of professional and cultural excursions are included. Students take a comprehensive written examination at the completion of the three-week, 4.5 credit-hour program. Externship opportunities following the summer study of European law may include: •• •• •• •• ••

Osborne & Clarke (British firm), Cologne Mayer Brown (American firm), Düsseldorf Oppenhof and Partners (German firm), Cologne DLA Piper (American firm), Cologne Pöllath + Partners (German firm), Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich •• RTL Television (largest private TV network in Germany), Cologne •• International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands


“My internship at an international firm in Düsseldorf reaffirmed my decision to go to law school. After assisting in writing due diligence reports for multinational business entities, supply and acquisition agreements between German and U.S. companies, and risk assessments for international clients, I knew the practice of law was right for me and I felt confident I could succeed in it.” — Barrie Denmark, 2014

“My externship with Mediengruppe RTL was one of the most definitive opportunities that I have experienced academically, professionally, and personally. I worked with licensing agreements with major U.S. and international broadcasting networks and worked with various English-language contracts. Overall, I would highly recommend study abroad and the program’s externship opportunities.” — Meredith Norris, 2014



The Student Bar Association organizes the annual Katie Westbrook Race Ipsa Loquitur 5K on campus. PHOTO: LAKE FONG/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE



The Duquesne Black Law Students Association National Trial Team won the 2012 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition, and student Christy Gamble (second from left) was named Best Advocate.

STUDENT LIFE Students arrive with a variety of backgrounds, and they find extensive opportunities to pursue their personal and professional interests. TRIAL ADVOCACY PROGRAM Duquesne University School of Law offers a nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Program. Through comprehensive coursework and competition experience, our students develop skills in case analysis, trial preparation, effective communication, witness preparation, and case presentation. Read about Duquesne’s record of trial advocacy wins and learn how you can become a courtroom-ready advocate. Visit APPELLATE MOOT COURT BOARD Students participate in our Appellate Advocacy Program to develop new legal research, writing, and advocacy skills and compete in appellate moot court, arbitration, and negotiation competitions across the country. Learn about the many impressive wins by the student–run Appellate Moot Court Board at

Pursue your legal passions through the more than 25 student-run organizations here at Duquesne University School of Law. Learn more about each organization at African and Islamic Law Society

Family Law Society

American Bar Association/Law Student Division

Federalist Society

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Animal Law Society Black Law Students Association Christian Legal Society Corporate Law Society Criminal Law Association Duquesne Intellectual Property Law Association

Health Law Society Indigenous Law Society International Law Society Jewish Law Students Association Labor and Employment Law Society Military Law Society Older and Wiser Law Students Phi Alpha Delta Public Interest Law Association

Duquesne Italian-American Law Society

Solo Practitioner Association

Education Law and Policy Society

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Energy and Mineral Law Society

Student Bar Association

Environmental Law Society

Women’s Law Association



STUDENT PUBLICATIONS Duquesne University School of Law provides students with the opportunity to participate in a number of online and print publications. Members enhance their research and writing skills and contribute to professional discourse on cutting-edge legal issues.

DUQUESNE LAW REVIEW The Duquesne Law Review is the flagship journal of the Duquesne University School of Law. The scholarly journal is entirely student-run and publishes works by legal professionals and academics twice a year. Duquesne Law Review membership correlates to students’ class rankings upon completion of the first year of full-time studies or second year of part-time studies. Additional student memberships are awarded as a result of the annual write-on competition. Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 390 Pittsburgh, PA ChANge SeRVICe ReQUeSTeD



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DUQUESNE BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL The Duquesne Business Law Journal is a semiannual publication that focuses not only on topics that affect the world of business but also on evolving Supreme Court case law and influential persons in the business community. Published articles deal with issues involving securities, contracts, and international business, and are written by students, faculty, alumni, and practicing attorneys.

JOULE Joule: Duquesne Energy & Environmental Law Journal is Duquesne University School of Law’s first journal-blog hybrid. The publication serves as a forum for students and outside professionals to discuss legal concepts related to energy and environmental law. Its mission is to facilitate and encourage contribution of written work that provides insight to the local, state, and national communities. Joule features a collection of commentaries and blogs as well as full-length articles offering in-depth analysis. JURIS MAGAZINE Juris Magazine publishes articles concerning substantive areas of the law as well as matters of local and national interest. Law students, faculty, and alumni contribute articles to the news magazine. Juris is completely student-operated and calls upon the talents of law students who wish to strengthen their writing, editing, and production skills. Juris is distributed to alumni throughout the country. DUQCRIM DuqCrim is a public source for all things related to criminal law. Duquesne University School of Law professors and student fellows track breaking criminal law stories and provide timely legal commentary. Students also provide summaries of developing case law from courts throughout the country. In addition, the blog provides highlights from the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s Crime and Punishment series, hosted by the director of Duquesne’s criminal law program, where experts talk about contemporary issues in criminal law.



TECHNOLOGY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS LAW LIBRARIES Duquesne University offers two law library facilities: the Duquesne Center for Legal Information on campus and the Allegheny County Law Library in downtown Pittsburgh. DUQUESNE CENTER FOR LEGAL INFORMATION The Duquesne Center for Legal Information is located on three floors inside the School of Law. Staffed by law librarians and information science professionals, the law library offers comprehensive resources on site and online. Students have access to multiple legal databases, the SOLCAT catalog, reserve materials, eReserves, interlibrary loans, e-reference assistance, library blogs, and e-news publications. The law library is home to the Center for Legal Writing, a computer lab, and study rooms for private and group use. The circulation desk offers copies of textbooks and current semester materials. First-year students can receive targeted assistance with Legal Research and Writing courses, among other services. Learn more online at ALLEGHENY COUNTY LAW LIBRARY Duquesne law students have full access to the Allegheny County Law Library — located on the ninth floor of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh — thanks to a model partnership developed by Duquesne University School of Law. Students can use the library’s comprehensive Pennsylvania legal collection, federal

government depository collection, rare book collection, extensive microform collection, and the same research assistance available to the region’s legal community. The library offers research classes throughout the year, and graduating Duquesne law students receive a year of free membership that includes access to Westlaw and Lexis, borrowing privileges, and study room use for bar preparation. Learn more online at

DUQUESNE CENTER FOR LEGAL INFORMATION •• Legal Databases •• Reserve Materials •• Textbook Circulation •• Computer Lab •• Study Rooms •• Personal Law Librarian •• Center for Legal Writing


SUCCESSFUL, SUPPORTIVE NETWORK ALUMNI From left, Tyra M. Oliver, 2005, Jessica M. Jurasko, 2004, and Kimberly Tague, 2004, attended a recent alumni networking event.

The Duquesne University School of Law has 7,500 graduates practicing in every field of law. Duquesne-educated lawyers are partners and associates in law firms of every size, from large multinational offices to small solo practices. They work as corporate counsel to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial ventures. They are directors of government agencies and public interest organizations, serve as district attorneys and public defenders, and teach at law schools throughout the United States. An impressive number of Duquesne graduates are judges on the local, state, and federal levels, including the highest courts, intermediate appellate courts, and trial courts in more than 20 states. Duquesne has produced a significant number of judges seated on the Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, and Courts of Common Pleas. Duquesne Law alumni have also served as judges on the United States Court of Appeals and the Federal District Courts. The School of Law has always enjoyed the warm and generous support of its graduates and the Duquesne Law Alumni Association. Learn more at

Duquesne law alumni •• •• •• •• •• ••

Support scholarship funds Mentor current students Sponsor career programs Serve as moot court judges Serve as externship supervisors Serve as adjunct faculty

The Duquesne Law Alumni Association recently developed endowed funds for •• •• •• ••

Student scholarships Excellence in legal writing awards Bar preparation programs Career programs for students and young alumni


DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNI INCLUDE: Honorable Max Baer, 1975 Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Alan N. Braverman, 1975 Vice President and General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company Nicholas J. DeIuliis, 2002 President and CEO, CONSOL Energy, Inc. Honorable Kate Ford Elliott, 1978 President Judge Emeritus, Superior Court of Pennsylvania Logan Fisher, 2009 Associate, Bressler, Amery & Ross, PC, New Jersey/New York Glenn R. Mahone, 1973 Partner, Reed Smith Chairman, Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

n Top 20 States Where Duquesne Law Alumni Live and Work

Marie Milie Jones, 1987 Founding Partner, JonesPassodelis, PLLC Chairman of the Board, Duquesne University Arthur J. Rooney, II, 1982 President, Pittsburgh Steelers Of Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC Travis Williams, 1996 Chief Operating Officer, Pittsburgh Penguins

Adam Palmer, 2000 Manager of cybersecurity policy issues outside North America for cybersecurity company, Munich, Germany

Alka Patel, 2001 Senior Counsel, The Bank of New York Mellon

Gabriela Steier, 2012 Legal Fellow, Center for Food Safety, Washington, D.C.



EDUCATING THE MIND, HEART, AND SPIRIT DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY AND SCHOOL OF LAW FACILITIES Duquesne’s campus offers the best of two worlds — a secure, private enclave for academic pursuits, located only steps away from Pittsburgh’s vibrant urban center. The School of Law is housed in the Edward J. Hanley Hall and the Dr. John E. Murray Jr. Pavilion at the heart of Duquesne University’s hilltop campus. Two mock courtrooms, classrooms, study areas, and a multilevel law library are all under one roof, along with a coffee shop, student lounge, locker area, and offices for student organizations. The School of Law’s Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education is located on Fifth Avenue, adjacent to campus. The facilities include a mock courtroom and state-of-the-art computer and audio/video technology for teaching, research, and administration. Law students also have access to all of the other amenities on Duquesne’s 50-acre campus, including computer laboratories, dining services, two Starbucks, the Gumberg Library, the Barnes & Noble bookstore, and extensive recreation and fitness facilities in the Power Center and throughout the campus.


CONVENIENT HOUSING OPTIONS On-Campus Example: Brottier Hall Pittsburgh offers numerous off-campus housing options in vibrant neighborhoods near campus, including South Side, Oakland, Uptown, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill. Living costs are generally less expensive in Pittsburgh than in other major cities. Recent examples include a two-bedroom apartment in the South Side for $1,250 per month, and a onebedroom unit in Oakland for $825. For more information about housing off-campus, visit Duquesne’s Brottier Hall offers limited housing to upperclass, graduate, and law students. Furnished studios and onebedroom apartments are available with 12-month leases, ranging from $14,490 for a furnished studio to $25,290 for a two-bedroom furnished unit. View all on-campus housing rates for law students at

Off-Campus Example: South Side Neighborhood





Walk down the hill from the School of Law and you’re in Pittsburgh’s legal epicenter. Courthouses, city and county offices, and many law firms are clustered in the Forbes Avenue and Grant and Ross Street areas. Scores of other law offices and corporate headquarters are within a few blocks, as are many of the School of Law’s clinical and externship opportunities. Pittsburgh’s compact urban center, with all its amenities, sits at Duquesne’s doorstep. The city’s major-league sports venues are all located within about a mile of campus, including the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park and the

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Heinz Field on the North Shore. CONSOL Energy Center — home of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins, concerts, and shows — is just across the street from campus. A revitalized cultural district, with a worldclass symphony orchestra, opera, ballet, and theater, is a short walk. Shopping, dining, and nightlife are also found nearby in downtown, in the Strip District, and on the South Side. Pittsburgh’s eclectic neighborhoods and competitive cost of living make it an attractive place to study, live, and work.

SCHOOL OF LAW recognized Pittsburgh as the country’s Most Livable City because of its job market, affordability, safety, and thriving arts and leisure scene, and National Geographic Traveler ranked Pittsburgh as one of the top must-see destinations in the world for 2012. Learn more at





With all the benefits a Duquesne School of Law education has to offer, it’s no surprise that admission is a goal shared by many people from throughout the region and around the country.

of recommendation from the pre-law advisor; and an interview with the Admissions Committee. Additional requirements vary among the partner schools. For more information, visit

Yet because of Duquesne Law’s commitment to small class sizes and personalized attention, the Admissions Committee annually selects only those students who best exhibit the requisite abilities and background for academic and professional success.


3/3 EARLY ADMISSIONS PROGRAM Qualified students from eligible undergraduate institutions may apply to our accelerated 3/3 program that allows them to earn a bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in six years. Eligibility for the early admissions 3/3 program requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 over three years; a minimum LSAT score in the 60th percentile (students interested in applying should take the LSAT in the fall or winter of their junior year); a letter

Current 1L undergraduate majors include:

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Accounting Archaeology Biology Finance Philosophy

Candidates who are certain that Duquesne Law is their first choice can apply to our binding Early Decision Program. Applications received by December 15 will receive a decision by December 31. Further requirements and information can be found at Except for students in approved 3/3 programs, all candidates for admission must be graduates of an accredited college or university prior to registration at the School of Law. Applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds are offered admission each year. No specific undergraduate academic curriculum is required, but it is highly recommended that the course of study emphasizes skills in critical thinking and logical analysis, and that students have strong writing skills.

•• Energy Entering part-time students include those •• Engineering working in the fields of: •• Health Care •• Information Technology •• Finance •• Taxation




The application is available via, and the School of Law encourages candidates to apply online. Applications for admission are accepted beginning September 1 for the following academic year. Before any applicant can be considered, all of the following items must be submitted to the Office of Admissions: 1) Application Form

Last year, applications were received from residents of nearly 30 states and several countries. The applicants earned undergraduate degrees from nearly 200 colleges and universities.

2) Law School Admission Test (LSAT) All applicants are required to take the LSAT. The Admissions Committee sees all scores and dates taken, but considers the highest score for reporting purposes. Scores that are more than five years old will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT no later than February of the year in which they plan to enroll. 3) Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS) All applicants are required to subscribe to the CAS. Official transcripts from each college or university attended and letters of recommendation must be sent directly to LSAC. Registration materials for CAS are available online at 4) Letter of Recommendation One letter of recommendation is required for each applicant. Additional letters may be submitted for consideration. A recommendation should be submitted by a professor familiar with the applicant’s academic work. Applicants who have been out of school for some time may submit a letter from an employer. 5) Personal Statement A one- to two-page typed essay must be submitted. Applicants often address their backgrounds, why they want to practice law, and why they would like to attend Duquesne

Law. There is no required topic, but applicants should view the personal statement as an opportunity to provide the Admissions Committee with more information about themselves beyond their transcripts and LSAT scores. 6) Resume Applicants must submit a current resume or CV with their application. 7) Character and Fitness Disclosures The School of Law application requests information regarding your character and fitness. Any false or misleading statement, incomplete or inaccurate information, omission of required information or failure to update changes in information in this application may cause you to be denied admission; or, if admitted, to be dismissed from the School of Law or cause your degree to be revoked, and may jeopardize licensure with Boards of Bar Examiners. Graduates of Duquesne University School of Law are eligible to take bar examinations in all jurisdictions of the United States. In planning their courses of study, students are advised to consult with bar examiners in the state in which they wish to practice to determine whether specific curricular criteria or registration requirements exist for admission to the bar in that jurisdiction. Applicants/admitted applicants who intend to practice law should also be aware that admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness, and other qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at

DEADLINES Applications for all three divisions are accepted after September 1 for the following academic year. The priority consideration deadline for all applications is March 1. Prospective students applying through the binding Early Decision Program must apply by December 15.


Complete and accurate information is essential. Failure to furnish all supporting credentials or the furnishing of incorrect information may result in dismissal or withdrawal of admission. Applicants should retain copies of all items submitted as part of the admission application. These materials become the property of Duquesne University and will be neither reproduced nor returned to the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his or her file is complete for Admissions Committee consideration and that all required documents have been received by the Office of Admissions. Applicants can check their status online and in real time via the online status check.

process may take several weeks, depending on an applicant’s qualifications. The Committee may request supplemental information before making a final decision. Once a decision is made, the applicant is notified via email and online status check. Applicants who are denied admission in one division are not eligible to be subsequently considered for other divisions.


An Early Decision Program applicant is guaranteed a decision before December 31. All other applicants are considered on a rolling basis and should allow 6-8 weeks for a decision after the application has become complete.

Accepted applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit within the time designated in the written notice. The deposit will be credited toward the first term tuition if the student registers at the time designated for entering students; otherwise, the deposit is forfeited. Failure to pay the deposit in full by the designated date may result in a forfeiture of a student’s place in the class and any financial awards.

The Admissions Committee reviews applications as they become complete and typically begins to notify applicants of acceptance in November. The application review

Accepted students have a continuing obligation to notify the Law School immediately if any of the following events occur: 1) you are apprehended, cited, arrested, taken into custody


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, here with Dean Ken Gormley and Judge Thomas Hardiman, was a guest of Duquesne University School of Law in 2013. More than 1,200 people attended the event, and C-SPAN taped and aired the program for a national audience. The following day, Justice Thomas met with School of Law students and taught the upper-level Constitutional Law course.



Professor Frank Liu celebrated the Chinese New Year with LL.M. students in 2014.

for, charged with, indicted or tried for, or plead guilty or no contest (nolo contendere) to the commission of any crime, except for summary traffic violations unrelated to the use of intoxicants; 2) you are found guilty of an honor code violation at any institution of higher learning; 3) you are subject to disciplinary action by any educational institution, governmental, or administrative agency (including any branch of the Armed Forces); or 4) you are notified of any misconduct or irregularity by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The Law School reserves the right to dismiss or revoke one’s acceptance based on the nature of the event.

to allow sufficient time for credentials evaluation. The Admissions Committee will generally consider a TOEFL score of 100 Internet-based to be minimally acceptable.


Admission requirements include the following:

Applicants who have completed the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree at an institution outside of the United States are eligible to be considered for admission to the J.D. program. Foreign-degree applicants must complete all requirements for domestic applicants and submit credentials to LSAC for evaluation. Law School Admission Council 662 Penn Street Box 8502 Newtown, PA 18940 Foreign-degree candidates whose primary language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL should be taken by March 1 of the year in which the student plans to enroll. The deadline to submit the application is the same as that for new domestic applicants, but it is suggested that foreign-degree candidates apply as early as possible

LL.M. FOR FOREIGN LAWYERS PROGRAM Duquesne University School of Law offers an LL.M. degree for candidates who have already completed legal studies in their home countries outside the United States. The program is completed in one year. Students may only begin the LL.M. program in the fall semester. Both a general curriculum in American law and a bar-track curriculum are available.

•• Admission is limited to those candidates who have already fulfilled the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in a foreign country, including a law degree from an institution recognized by the competent accrediting agency of the government of the foreign country. •• English language ability must meet or exceed a 90 TOEFL examination score, or an IELTS score of 7, and candidates must successfully complete a telephone interview in order to establish the necessary fluency in English. Candidates with a TOEFL score between 85-89 may be conditionally admitted pending a satisfactory phone interview with the Office of Admissions. •• The application deadline is April 30 of the year in which a candidate wishes to enter the program. For more information, including an online application, visit

TRANSFER STUDENTS Students may apply for transfer admission to the Law School. Transfer applicants must present satisfactory evidence of having been in regular attendance at an ABA-approved law school, and must be in good standing and unconditionally eligible to return to studies at that school. Credits earned at another law school will be accepted as set forth in the Transfer Credit Policy, which can be found at Before a transfer application will be considered, the applicant must have completed the equivalent course requirements of a first-year student at the Duquesne University School of Law. Transfer applicants must meet all requirements for a first-year student and must submit the standard application along with the following: 1) A Credential Assembly Report from the LSAC (a copy from the current law school is acceptable). 2) An official transcript of all completed law school work. 3) A letter from the law school attended certifying that the applicant is in good standing and is eligible to return there. The letter should not be written until the student successfully completes all of the academic work in which he or she is currently enrolled. Transfer applicants should apply by July 1. Decisions on transfer applicants are made in mid-July.

VISITOR/NON-MATRICULATING A student currently enrolled at another law school may apply as a visiting/non-matriculating student. The application for admission, transcript, and a letter from the current law school giving approval for visiting status must be submitted to the Admissions Office. The applicant should also indicate specific reasons for wishing to attend Duquesne’s Law School.

The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholar award honors civil rights legend Charles Hamilton Houston, the law professor and mentor of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Simone Delerme, 2013, shown here with her grandfather, Dr. Augusto Delerme, 1989, was the first recipient of the minority scholar award.


SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID INCOMING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS Duquesne Law has dedicated a considerable amount of scholarship support for highly credentialed incoming students. All accepted students are automatically considered for meritbased scholarships awarded by the School of Law. These tuition awards are made each year to the most qualified applicants based on their records of achievement, aptitude for the study of law, and general background. A small number of dean’s scholarships are also awarded. Scholarships are renewed annually, provided the student remains in good academic standing. It is recommended that interested students submit their admission applications by early January.

CONTINUING STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS Full tuition scholarships are awarded to students who achieve the first, second, and third highest cumulative GPA at the conclusion of their first or second year as full-time day division students. Seventy-five percent tuition scholarships are awarded to the students with the first, second, and third highest cumulative GPA at the conclusion of their first, second, or third consecutive year as part-time evening students. In addition, each year Duquesne Law distributes a number of endowed scholarships from a wide array of endowed funds. Application procedures are distributed to current students in the spring term. Duquesne University School of Law does not award conditional scholarships. To view a complete listing of scholarship funds, visit


MORE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE A number of School of Law work-study grants-in-aid for salary or partial tuition credit are available. Recipients of such grants-in-aid work as School of Law library aides, faculty research assistants, or administration aides for five to 10 hours per week during the academic year. In return, students are paid or receive a designated amount of tuition assistance that is directly applied to their accounts. Accepted students may request a grant-in-aid application from the Duquesne University Financial Aid Office. Final decisions on grant-in-aid awards are usually made in August of each year.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION PROCEDURE Financial assistance is processed centrally through Duquesne University’s Financial Aid Office. This includes Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and private educational loans. The School of Law does not process this aid. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the University or be in the process of applying for admission. Incoming students should not wait for official acceptance to the School of Law before applying for financial assistance. Applicants must complete no later than May 31 a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Be sure to list Duquesne University with the school code 003258.

TUITION A competitive tuition rate and generous scholarships and financial aid make Duquesne University School of Law affordable. National Jurist recognized Duquesne University School of Law as a “Best Value” law school in September 2014, one of only seven private schools on the national list. The publication considered academic and financial variables, including tuition, student debt, employment success, bar passage rate, and cost of living. The 2014-2015 tuition for the full-time day division is $37,640 per year. Part-time evening division tuition is $28,926. Part-time day division tuition is $1,376 per credit. Tuition for the LL.M. program is $21,736 per year. Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year will be posted in spring 2015. For current fees, estimated costs, and additional information on financial aid opportunities, visit

For institutional financial aid information and forms, contact: Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid 600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15282 Phone: 412.396.6607 email:




Applicants are encouraged to visit Duquesne University School of Law, but personal interviews are not required. Student-guided tours and opportunities to view a class are available weekdays at noon while classes are in session September-April. When will we be in your area? Duquesne University School of Law admissions representatives travel to colleges and universities across the country each fall. To view the recruitment calendar, register online for an Information Session, or schedule a tour, visit

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