School of Law
Duquesne University School of Law is a Catholic law school that trains students to become excellent lawyers with a high degree of professional skill and a special sensitivity to ethical and moral concerns As the only Spiritan law school in the world, we serve God by serving students, imparting to them academic, analytical, and practical skills essential to applying legal principles to actual problem-solving for the good of individual clients, for the betterment of society, and in furtherance of justice.
Duquesne University School of Law will be a leading Catholic law school that prepares students for the effective practice of law in a fashion reflecting the unique Spiritan tradition of service to God through service to others We will develop students' analytical and creative problem-solving skills; we will produce critical thinkers while fostering compassion and a special commitment to achieving justice We will make ethics, professionalism, and service to others among the highest priorities.
Philosophy and Objectives
- The Law School community will display the utmost respect for students in all aspects of its work.
- The Law School community will demonstrate the utmost respect for faculty, staff, alumni, and all other members of the Law School and University communities.
- The Law School will distinguish itself, consistent with its Catholic identity, by preparing students for public service either as a full-time career or as an element of their professional contributions in their careers. As part of this commitment to public service, the Law School will continue to strengthen and advance the McGinley Public Service Law Fellowship Program, the Public Interest Law Fellowship Program, the Billock Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and other similar initiatives designed to provide a wide range of public service opportunities for our students.
- The Law School will distinguish itself by preparing students thoroughly and conscientiously for the actual practice of law It will therefore excel, among other things, with respect to:
a) Legal Research and Writing
b) Law Clinic offerings and skills training
c) Trial and appellate advocacy training
d) Opportunities for student scholarly writing and publications
e) Bar examination preparation, through rigorous substantive courses and intensive
review relating to bar-examinable material.
- The Law School will provide students with the tools for success and professional excellence by:
a) Making legal education accessible and affordable, including for those students
who otherwise might not have the opportunity to pursue a high-quality professional
b) Making high-quality course offerings and skills training available to students through
concentrations, rigorous core and elective offerings, exposure to international
experiences, and other opportunities
c) Ensuring that administrators, faculty members, and staff are engaged, accessible, and
fully participatory in student events, Law School events, and in the daily life of the
d) Ensuring that faculty members and instructors consistently stay abreast of developments
in the law and changes in legal education, the profession, teaching methodology, and
e) Ensuring that the Law School's Career Services and placement opportunities are robust,
continuously enhanced, and respond to the needs of our students and the changing
- The Law School will strive to provide faculty with a working environment conducive to teaching, research, scholarship, and service comparable to peer schools, through:
a) Effective self-governance by the faculty as a whole through a robust and transparent
faculty committee structure and an orderly decision-making process
b) A regular plan for updating and maintaining state-of-the-art classrooms and conference
room equipment and technology
c) Provision of high quality administrative, secretarial, and technical support
d) Offering systematic training programs for the faculty and staff to adapt to new technology
e) Supporting, within reasonable budgetary constraints, faculty attendance at academic
and professional Implementing a well-organized and systematic mentoring program for junior faculty members.
f) Conducting activities that foster collegial interaction among all members of the faculty,
administration, staff, students, and other members of the Law School community.
- The Center for Legal Information will continue to provide systematic informational resources and services to conduct research and assist in scholarly activities by:
a) Maintaining and developing a collection of authoritative legal information resources in the
desired format in a cost effective manner
b) Developing training to improve research skills when using legal information resources
c) Enhancing the personal interaction between law librarians, faculty, and students
d) Integrating legal research competencies into the course concentrations
e) Maintaining an outstanding professional and support staff to provide excellent services in an
effective and efficient organizational framework
f) Utilizing the most current technology in the Center's operations and services.
- The Law School faculty will provide leadership through
a) Adapting to changes in legal education, the legal profession, legal research, pedagogy,
b) Providing high-quality teaching and mentoring to students in the classroom, as concentration
advisors, as student organization advisors, and in other capacities
c) Consistently evaluating its work through systematic outcomes assessment, including meaningful
teaching evaluations, peer evaluations, self-evaluations, and a regular re-assessment of the
d) Publishing high-quality written scholarship on a consistent basis, making substantial contributions to
law reform, and engagin with other scholars in the Law School, the University, and in the national
community of scholars
e) Becoming part of the national community of scholars by attending regional and national meetings in
areas of academic specialty, speaking at conferences and colloquia, and co-authoring books,
treatises, and texts useful to courts lawyers, or students
f) Engaging in meaninful servic to the Law School and the University by committee work and other forms
of involvement, to the bend and the bar by offering Continuing Legal Education program, and to the
community by volunteering for pro bono projects and representing indigent clients.
- The Law School will maintain a leadership position in the legal community and the region, by maintaining a close working relationship with the bench, the bar, law firms, organized bar associations, the Law School Alumni Association, and the community at large In furtherance of these efforts, the Law School will:
a) Encourage participation by faculty and staff in the legal community, bar associations, the Law
AlumniAssociation, and other relevant groups
b) The Law School will endeavor to sponsor major programs, speakers, and events of importance to
the legal community and the region.
- The Law School will recognize and celebrate its unique Catholic, Spiritan tradition by actively involving
the Spiritan priests and Spiritan community in its educational endeavors.
- The Law School will strive to improve diversity with respect to recruitment and retention of students (including recruitment and retention of students in its LL M for Foreign Lawyers program), as well as in the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.
- The Law School will be a leader within the Duquesne University community, and will strive to work cooperatively, collegially, and creatively with other departments, schools, and administrators, for the good of the entire Duquesne University community, our students, and the future of the institution.
Implementing The Mission And Vision
The Law School will remain committed to the above Goals and Objectives through conscientious long-range planning, periodic faculty retreats, and a consistent dedication to its Mission and Vision Statements for the good of the institution, our students, the University, and society, thus carrying out our primary mission of serving God by serving students.