Pre-Law Overview

Recognizing that acceptance to, and success in, law school is not dependent upon any particular undergraduate major, the Pre-Law Certificate focuses on developing the skills critical to a career in law, government, public service, or any other field where persuasive communication or building a consensus is important. A student earns the Pre-Law Certificate while engaging in courses and experiences that develop research, analytical, and advocacy skills and build foundational knowledge for legal, governmental, and public service. A student earning the certificate should be able to think critically, analyze deeply, communicate clearly, and argue persuasively about important civil, legal, and scholarly issues.

Students select from a menu of course offerings that expose them to key foundations and skills for law, government, and public service. Completion of the Pre-Law Certificate requires a minimum of 15 credits in three out of four areas of emphasis. A student should also consider taking a course that builds oral communication skills. 

Helpful Resources

Law School Prep

Use this timeline and checklist as you prepare for law school.


Most law schools require the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The test is administered four times a year at locations throughout the country. Students are encouraged to take the test in June after their junior year or October of their senior year.  Information about the LSAT and other aspects of law school admission can be found online at the Law School Admissions Council.  The Pre-Law Director maintains a collection of books about the LSAT, law school, and law careers.

Duquesne's 3-3 Early Admissions Law Program

This program allows students to complete a B.A./B.S. degree and a law degree (J.D.) in 6 years, rather than the normal 7.  For more information, speak with the Pre-Law Director or visit Duquesne's School of Law.