Juris Doctor Requirements
A candidate for the degree of Juris Doctor must:
- satisfy all academic requirements for graduation
- be of good moral character
- satisfy all indebtedness to the University
- make formal application for his/her degree to the Registrar prior to the date listed in the School of Law Calendar.
- students must have residency during your entire legal education
- be recommended to receive the degree of Juris Doctor by the Faculty
- be present at Commencement
The Law School Registrar will review the following requirements for graduation:
- 88 credits completed (86 credits for candidates who began before fall of 2012)
- No more than 18 non-classroom credits are used in the total 86 credit requirement
- 2.0 cumulative grade point average
- 2.0 final year cumulative grade point average
- Upper Level Writing Requirement completed
- Professional Skills Course Requirement completed
Duquesne University confers the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) for Foreign Lawyers on candidates recommended by the Faculty of the School of Law and approved by the President and Trustees of the University.
A total of twenty-six (26) credits are required for completion of the Foreign Lawyer LL.M. degree, including the required courses: Introduction to the American Legal System (3 credits), American Legal Information System and Legal Research (2 credits), and a minimum of two of the following courses:
- Civil Procedure I, II
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Constitutional Law
Each LL.M. candidate must take at least one course that requires submission of a significant paper; an Independent Research course may fulfill this requirement.
LL.M. students must formally apply for his/her degree to the Registrar prior to the date listed in the School of Law Calendar.
Complete requirements can be found in the Academic Bulletin.
REPLACEMENT DEGREE REQUEST (for missing or damaged degrees ONLY)