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Application Process

Application Requirements

Except for students in approved 3/3 early admissions programs, all candidates for admission must be graduates of an accredited college or university prior to registration at the Law School.

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 skill in critical thinking and logical analysis, and that students strive to develop strong writing skills. The Law School does not accept students who have been disqualified from another law school for academic reasons.

Before any applicant can be considered, all of the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

1. Application Form: Please apply via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

2. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee is required and must accompany the application or be paid online.

3. Law School Admission Test (LSAT):

All applicants are required to take the LSAT. The LSAT is offered by the Law School Admission Council four times a year in February, June, October, and December. Visit www.lsac.org for more information regarding the LSAT. Duquesne Law sees and considers all LSAT scores but uses the highest LSAT score for reporting purposes.

When to take the LSAT?

Because decisions are made on a rolling basis, it is in your best interest to take the LSAT on or before the December administration. February test scores may be submitted, however, you may not receive a decision until later in the application cycle. Scores from tests taken more than four years before the application cycle will not be considered for admission.

4. Candidate Assembly Service (CAS): All applicants are required to subscribe to the Law School Admission Council CAS. Official transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent directly to CAS. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university before matriculating at the Law School. Please note that it is important to sign up for CAS at least six weeks before the Law School application deadline.

Registration information for the LSAT and CAS can be found on the LSAC website. You may contact LSAC directly by calling 215.968.1001.

5. Letters of Recommendation (2): Two letters of recommendation are required for each applicant. You are encouraged to submit academic letters from professors who have had significant exposure to your work product. Recommenders should be able to speak to your aptitude for the study of law, your work ethic, professionalism, analytical thinking skills, and maturity. If you have been out of school for an extended period of time, submitting recommendations from a supervisor is appropriate.

Applicants should submit their letters of recommendation through the CAS letter of recommendation service.

6. Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a one to two page personal statement. Many personal statements address why an applicant is applying to Duquesne Law, why an applicant would like to be an attorney, or other relevant background information.

7. Resume: Applicants must submit a current resume or CV.

8. Optional: "Why Duquesne Law" Essay


Character and Fitness Information

Each state has character and fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar. Prior to matriculation, all applicants should consult the bar admission authorities in the state in which he or she intends to practice law to determine these requirements. Information about the requirements for admission to the bars of various states is available from the American Bar Association and the National Conference of Bar Examiners.


Applications for all divisions are accepted after September 1 for the following academic year. Note that decisions are made on a rolling basis, therefore it is in your best interest to apply well before the published deadline. Decisions can take 6-8 weeks from the time an application becomes complete. Applicants are repsonsible for submitting all required items and can check the status of their application online via the Application Status Check.

  • JD applications should be received by March 1 for priority consideration.
  • Binding Early Decision Program applications must be received no later than December 15.

    Complete and accurate information

    Failure to furnish all supporting credentials or the furnishing of incorrect information may invalidate admission and registration. Applicants have a continuing obligation to notify the Law School immediately if any of the following events occur: (1) They are apprehended, cited, arrested, taken into custody 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) They are found guilty of an honor code violation at any institution of higher learning; (3) They are subject to disciplinary action by any educational institution, governmental or administrative agency (including any branch of the Armed Forces); or (4) They are notified of any misconduct or irregularity by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Duquesne University School of Law reserves the right to revoke one's acceptance based on the nature of the event.

    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 the file for Admissions Committee consideration is complete and that all required documents have been received by the Admissions Office.