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Bar Preparation Program

Duquesne University School of Law's comprehensive bar preparation program features individual student consultations, small study groups and two core competency courses designed to help students maximize their scores on the bar examinations.

The upper-level core competency courses review legal concepts encountered on the bar examination and in practice. The courses "flip" the classroom, posting substantive lectures and black letter law online and using classroom time for application of legal principles. Students hone their analytical skills by applying the law to new fact scenarios in multiple choice and essay forms. Lecture topics include substantive law, character and fitness issues, and test taking skills. Students learn how to respond to performance test questions that are a critical component of bar examinations.

Duquesne graduates take the bar exam in these and other jurisdictions:

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

A total of 164 Duquesne University School of Law graduates passed the challenging Pennsylvania Bar Examination in July 2013 as first-time takers. View historical results for first-time takers of the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and more bar passage data.