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Duquesne University School of Law
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Location Pittsburgh, PA, US
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Duquesne University School of Law is a private Catholic university law school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The School of Law was founded in 1911, and is the only multiple-division law school in western Pennsylvania. Located on the 47 acre Duquesne University campus, the law school is walking distance to Pittsburgh's downtown legal, corporate, and government communities. The School of Law currently boasts over 5,800 alumni practicing in every field of law, in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Almost 30 percent of the practicing lawyers in western Pennsylvania are graduates of Duquesne University School of Law.

Academics

The Duquesne University School of Law offers several degree programs. The Juris Doctor, the primary degree required to practice law in the United States, can be obtained through either the daytime, evening, or part-time division. An LLM, or Master of Laws, is offered through the School of Law for foreign attorneys who have already received a law degree in their native country but wish to become acquainted with the United States legal system.

In addition, Duquesne offers several joint degree programs through other graduate divisions within the university, and other institutions in the Pittsburgh area. The following are joint degrees currently offered through the law school.

  • Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration
  • Juris Doctor / Master of Science in Taxation
  • Juris Doctor / Master of Science in Environmental Science & Management
  • Juris Doctor / Master of Divinity (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

Facilities

  • The Law School is housed in the recently renovated Edward J. Hanley Hall and newly constructed Dr. John E. Murray, Jr. Pavilion on the Duquesne University campus. The combined structures occupy nearly 125,000 square feet. Administrative and faculty offices, classrooms of various sizes, two courtrooms, study areas and a multilevel law library are all under one roof, along with a locker room, café, lounge area and offices for student organizations.
  • Offices and conference areas for the School’s in-house clinics are located in nearby Fisher Hall. Law School facilities feature state-of-the-art computer and audio/video technology for teaching, research and administrative functions.
  • Law School students also have full rights and privileges to use all of the other amenities on Duquesne's 47-acre campus, including computer laboratories, the University’s Gumberg Library, dining services and extensive recreational facilities.
  • Members of the Law School community have access to the Duquesne University Law School Library and the Allegheny County Law Library located in downtown Pittsburgh. The two libraries provide excellent services and access to the best legal information resources available. Members of the Bar and the general public also have access to both facilities.

Clinics and programs

The School of Law offers several clinical programs which allow students to learn practical lawyering skills while still in law school. Duquesne currently operates five clinical programs.

  • Economic and Community Development Law Clinic - Students represent nonprofit organizations that provide a vast array of greatly needed services to the community.
  • Civil and Family Justice Law Clinic - Students represent indigent individuals who would not otherwise find assistance through the civil justice system.
  • Criminal Advocacy Clinic - Operated in cooperation with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices.
  • Federal Low-Income Tax Practicum - Students learn litigation skills as they represent clients in appeals conferences, settlement negotiations, and before the US Tax Court.
  • Securities Arbitration Practicum - Created with the support of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is designed to enable law students to represent small investors through the NASD Dispute Resolution process.

International Programs

  • Vatican City Program - Students from Duquesne University's School of Law, as well as their counterparts at other American law schools, are given the unique opportunity to study a comprehensive survey of canon law, Roman law, and the topic of canonization in the Western legal tradition in historic Vatican City through the Summer Study of law program.
  • China Program[1] - This program provides law students from all over the world the unique opportunity to discover and learn about the legal system in the country of China. Students who are enrolled in this program will travel to the city of Beijing, China to take legal course-work that will enhance their understanding of Chinese law.
  • Ireland Program - A three-week summer study of law program in conjunction with the University College Dublin Faculty of Law and the Queen's University Belfast Faculty of Law. This program covers subjects related to the law of the European Union from an Irish perspective and offers students 4.5 (semester) hours of ABA-approved credit.

Publications

  • Duquesne Law Review - The primary publication of Duquesne University School of Law, the Law Review is a student edited legal journal. The journal is published quarterly, and receives submissions from top legal scholars throughout the United States.
  • Duquesne Business Law Journal - Produced annually by a student editorial board, the Business Law Journal contains articles that focus on the specific areas of corporate, tax, consumer, labor, bankruptcy and business law. Law students and alumni are encouraged to submit articles for publication.
  • Juris Magazine - This student edited law school magazine is an ABA award winning publication containing articles of current interest to the entire legal community. Since 1967, Juris has published articles concerning substantive areas of the law as well as matters of local and national interest.

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