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About Duquesne and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne University is a private catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Twenty-six full-time and sixty-five adjunct professors supervise and teach about 700 J.D. students at the Law School. U.S.-students get the title “J.D.“ (juris doctor) after three years of the full-time study of law. This title allows the students to take the state bar examination. Before one is admitted to law school, one must first study four years as an undergraduate to receive a bachelor´s degree (BA or BS, similar to the Bologna system) and then take the law school admission test (LSAT).

The atmosphere is very friendly among the law school students. The professors supervise the students personally. The open-door policy allows students to reach their professors at any time. The comprehensive law library invites students to stay and study. The students are welcome to use the computers at the law library. However, most American students use their own laptop computers which they can take to classes to make notes during lectures. Wireless LAN internet connection is accessible throughout the entire law school.

Duquesne University is situated directly downtown and can be reached easily with public transportation. Public transportation (tram or bus) can be used throughout the day. Many American students own a car and use it to drive to the university.

Pittsburgh is full of life and is the home of two other large universities and many colleges. The city is surrounded by three rivers, situated close to the Appalachian Mountains and has many green areas. In winter, the temperature is often below freezing and there is snow. Skiing is possible within a one hour drive from Pittsburgh. In summer, it is warmer than in Cologne. The most beautiful time in Pittsburgh is probably in the autumn, when the temperatures are very agreeable and the leaves of all the trees are magnificently colored.

The inhabitants of Pittsburgh are very interested in sports. The Pittsburgh football team, the “Steelers” won the Super Bowl in 2009 for the 6th time. Pittsburgh is the home of a professional ice hockey team, the “Penguins,” and of a professional baseball team, the “Pirates,” whose stadium was voted the best professional baseball stadium in the United States. The artist Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh and to honor this artist, Pittsburgh has a Warhol museum. In Pittsburgh there are many other art and science museums. The opera, the world-class Pittsburgh symphony, the ballet and the theatre invite one to visit. Pittsburgh is a good start for weekend trips to the cities of New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and to Niagara Falls. Often, one can find cheap flights, trains or buses from Pittsburgh to these places.