Photograph of the Paralegal Graduation Class 2015

Paralegal Institute

Paralegal and legal assistant careers are expected to grow through 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Prepare for these new career opportunities with a noncredit paralegal certificate from Duquesne University School of Law. Our Paralegal Institute offers you an in-depth educational program and practical skills resulting in a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. It fact, it is one of only three programs in the entire country approved by the American Bar Association and administered by a School of Law.

As a student here you will learn from distinguished faculty representing numerous areas of the legal field, have access to two law libraries, and you will receive personalized attention in the classroom and in planning your next career move.

Flexibility to Fit Your Life

You can begin in any of the four terms and pursue your studies either part-time in the evening or full-time over the summer. 

September - December
January - March
April - June
June - August

During the fall, winter, and spring terms, classes are offered in the evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Students can take as few as one or as many as four classes per term. The summer daytime intensive program allows students to complete the entire program of 10 courses and earn a Certificate in General Practice in a 11-week period. Classes during the summer for full-time students are offered between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening classes continue during the summer for part-time students. 

The spring term begins on March 23, 2020. Class registration is open now.

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Why Duquesne? Find out why paralegal students and alumni chose Duquesne University School of Law's Paralegal Institute.

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Our program is open to individuals with an associate’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution. Other applicants are considered on a provisional basis with significant work experience.

If you are interested in becoming a paralegal or advancing in your current position, learn more about the program and the application process and apply today.


Request information or contact the Paralegal Institute at 412.396.1643 or

Statistics Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.