Duquesne University School of Law

Duquesne University School of Law

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Duquesne University School of Law is a private Catholic law school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1878, Duquesne Law is the only law school in the state of Pennsylvania affiliated with a Roman Catholic university. The School of Law offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees, as well as dual degree programs with other disciplines including business administration, public administration, health services management, and philosophy. The school has an emphasis on experiential learning, and offers students numerous opportunities to gain practical experience through clinics, externships, and other hands-on activities. With its strong emphasis on ethics and social justice, Duquesne Law prepares students to become leaders in the legal profession who will make a positive difference in the lives of others.

This page focuses on national rankings, acceptance rates, program costs, and merit-based scholarships of Duquesne University School of Law, an accredited law program in the United States.

School colors: Red ยท Blue
Founded: 1911
Address: Hanley Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Ranking: Duquesne University

Duquesne University School of Law is ranked as one of the top law schools in the United States. According to U.S. News & World Report, it is ranked number 76 among all accredited law schools in the nation, and number two within Pennsylvania. Additionally, its legal writing program was ranked number one by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018 and its trial advocacy program was ranked number seven in the nation for 2019 by PreLaw Magazine. The school also has a long-standing reputation for excellence in legal education that draws on both traditional and innovative approaches to teaching the law. It offers a wide range of courses that prepare students for success in practice and is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience that emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, legal skills, and professional development. Its faculty members are widely respected scholars who bring years of expertise to their teaching and research endeavors.

Top Law Schools of 2020
Score N/A
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 1.9
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest) 2.5
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.17-3.66
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 151-154
Overall acceptance rate 45.7%
Student/faculty ratio 17.3
Graduates employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 89.0%
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 89.7%
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar PA
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 83.0%

Tuition & Scholarships: Duquesne University

Duquesne University School of Law offers a range of tuition packages and scholarship opportunities to support students in their legal education. Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $25,848 per semester for full-time students. This cost includes mandatory fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Technology Fee, and Law Library Fee. In addition to traditional scholarships, the school has a number of merit-based scholarships that are awarded on the basis of academic performance and leadership potential. These awards range from $1,000 to full tuition coverage. The school also offers need-based grants that are awarded based on financial need and academic merit. Lastly, Duquesne University School of Law offers loan repayment assistance programs as well as other forms of financial aid to help students meet their educational expenses.

Financial Aid Office Information
Financial aid application deadline 05/31
Financial aid director Rich Esposito
Financial aid telephone (412) 396-6607
2019-2020 Expenses
Tuition Full-time: $29,090 per year, part-time: $22,508 per year
Room and board $9,524
Books $1,000
Miscellaneous expenses $1,150
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes
2019 Grants
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 24.6%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 8.8%
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.6%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.6%
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of full tuition 10.3%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of full tuition 0.9%
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.2%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
25th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $2,862
Median grant amount of aid per full-time recipient (50th percentile) $8,372
75th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $26,668
25th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient $3,364
Median grant amount of aid per part-time recipient (50th percentile) $4,650
75th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient $13,297
Indebtedness
Average indebtedness of 2019 graduates who incurred law school debt $84,404
Proportion who borrowed 98.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2019 J.D. graduates? No

Duquesne University School of Law