Duquesne University School of Law

Paralegal Institute

Paralegal and legal assistant careers are expected to grow an average of 17 percent through 2022 – faster than the average of other occupations – according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Duquesne University School of Law’s Paralegal Institute offers an in-depth educational program and practical skills that will prepare you for these new career opportunities.

The Paralegal Institute is the only program in the region 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. You will 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 Lieberman and Rockwell Halls four nights per week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 11 weeks. The intensive summer program allows students to complete the entire certificate of 10 courses over a 12-week period. Classes during the summer for full-time students are offered from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening classes continue during the summer for part-time students. 

Certificate Options

The Paralegal Institute offers both general practice and specialty certificate options.  

  • Certificate in General Practice
  • Certificate in Civil Litigation Concentration
  • Certificate in Corporate Law Concentration
  • Certificate in Estates Concentration
  • Certificate in Litigation Technology Concentration

Hear From Our Students

Why Duquesne? Find out why current students and alumni chose Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute. 

Learn More

If you have a bachelor's degree and are interested in becoming a paralegal or advancing in your current position, learn more about the program and the application process and apply today. Also register to attend the Paralegal Insittute Open House on Feb. 28. 


Contact the Paralegal Institute at 412.396.1643 or email paralegal@duq.edu



Statistics Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm