Duquesne University School of Law

Government & Public Interest Law

The Government and Public Interest Law Concentration is available to students who are interested in working in:

•Public interest organizations,
•Law firms with significant practice in areas regulated by the government, or
•Government agencies at the federal, state, or local level.

Students are able to focus their studies in specialized areas or pursue training in general principles of public law, such as poverty law, economic regulation of business, public health, and juvenile law.

Strongly Suggested Courses


Administrative Law [3 credits]
Federal Courts [3]

Clinical (at least one)

Civil Rights Clinic [3, limited credits, clinical]
General Externship Placement and Seminar [3 - with approval, limited credits, clinical]
Unemployment Compensation Clinic [3, limited credits, clinical]
Urban Development Clinic [3, limited credits, clinical]

Other Courses

Business Regulation Courses

Animal Law [2]
Antitrust [3]
Complex Litigation [2]
Employment Discrimination [2]
Energy Law [2]
Environmental and Toxic Torts [2]
Environmental Law [3]
Health Care Regulation and Transactions [2]
Internet Law [2]
Labor Law [3]
Law & Higher Education [2]
Media Law [2]
Public International Aviation Law [2]
Aviation Law [2] [Not offered after 2012-13]
Tax-Exempt Organizations [2]

Skills Courses

Advanced Legal Writing: Drafting [3, paper - with approval]
Alternative Dispute Resolution [2]
Appellate Practice and Procedure [3]
Negotiation Skills [2]

Individual Rights
Advanced Constitutional Law: Current Issues [2]
Advanced Constitutional Law: First Amendment [2, paper]
Bankruptcy [3]
Children and the Law [3]
Civil Rights Litigation [2]
Employment Law [3]
Health Care Law [2]
Immigration Law & Procedure [2]
Law & Medical Ethics [2]
Law and Psychology [2]

Land Use Planning [2]
Local Government Law [2]
Public Sector Labor Law [2]
State Constitutional Law [2]

International & Comparative Law
International Intellectual Property [2]
International Trade Law [2, paper]

Jurisprudence & Others
Catholic Social Thought and the Law [2]
Emerging Legal Systems [2]
Gender & the Law [2, paper]
Independent Research [1 to 3, paper - with approval]
Philosophy of Law [2]
Work-Life Law [2 hours]
Work-Life Law Writing Seminar [3]

Categories within the other courses list are provided solely for student guidance and are not intended for any other purpose.

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