Duquesne University School of Law

Paralegal Institute

Photograph of the Paralegal Graduation Class 2015

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.

Spring Term
March 28th

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Open House
Feb. 27, 2016

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Open House
May 7, 2016

Duquesne's Paralegal Institute is one of only three programs in the 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. 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

Photo of an African American paralegal studentYou 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 Libermann and Rockwell Halls and in the Center for Legal Information (Hanley Hall). The summer program allows students to complete the entire program of 10 courses and earn a Certificate in General Practice in a 12-week period. Classes during the summer for full-time students are offered between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening classes continue during the summer for part-time students. 

The 2016 Summer Intensive runs June 6 - Aug. 26, 2016.


Certificate OptionsPhoto of two female paralegal students

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 paralegal students and alumni chose Duquesne University School of Law's Paralegal Institute. 


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Certificate studies are open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree from an accredited institution and with approved 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 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.

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