Duquesne University School of Law

First Year Students

 First Year Advance Assignments

All Divisions

Day Division

  • Civil Procedure Sections 01 & 02 (Baicker-McKee):  Please read in the Learning Civil Procedure book:
    1. Study Guide, preface pages xxxv-xl 
    2. pages 1-31.  
    Also, please read this Federal Civil Litigation document before the first class.  You will not be called on to discuss it in class or be responsible for it on the final.
  • Contracts I Section 01 (Oranburg): TBA
  • Contracts I Section 02 (Kitchen): Kunz & Chomsky, Contracts:  A Contemporary Approach (2nd ed.) (2013) (ISBN: 978-0-314-28307-8)  Please read the Table of Contents and pages 1-10.
  • Property I Section 01 (Jordan) (full-time students ONLY): Please read pages 1 - 15 and brief Pierson v. Post in the casebook: Property: A Contemporary Approach (3rd Edition), John G. Sprankling & Raymond R. Coletta.  The concept of briefing a case will be covered at orientation, but if you do not understand briefing from the orientation session, do not worry.  We will talk about how to brief in class.
  • Property I Section 02 (Perkins) (full-time students ONLY): Please read pp. 1-8 in the assigned casebook (John G. Sprankling and Raymond R. Coletta, Property: A Contemporary Approach (3rd ed. 2015).
  • Torts I Section 01 (Rooksby): Please watch the documentary film "Hot Coffee": http://www.hotcoffeethemovie.com/ .  Our library has a copy of the film.  It is also available for rent/download on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, PlayStation and Netflix.  The film will be discussed during orientation, during the mock class with Professor Rooksby, on Thursday, August 18th.
  • Torts I Section 02 (Hartman): Please watch the documentary film "Hot Coffee": http://www.hotcoffeethemovie.com/ .  Our library has a copy of the film.  It is also available for rent/download on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, PlayStation and Netflix.  The film will be discussed during orientation, during the mock class with Professor Rooksby, on Thursday, August 18th.

Evening Division

  • Civil Procedure Section 61 (Hall): Please read in the Learning Civil Procedure book:
    1. Study Guide, preface pages xxxv-xl
    2. pages 1-31. 
    Also, please read this Federal Civil Litigation document before the first class.  You will not be called on to discuss it in class or be responsible for it on the final.
  • Contracts I Section 61 (Fisfis): Please read pages 1 - 11 and prepare pages 11 - 37.
  • Torts I Section 61 (Jamison): For orientation on August 18th, please read pages 1 - 11 in the casebook and brief Brown v Kendall from pages 9 - 11 of the casebook.  Be ready to discuss this case during the introductory class during orientation.  For Monday, August 22nd, please read pages 97 - 126 in the casebook.

 

Registration for first-year law students is conducted by the Duquesne University School of Law Registrar's Office in mid-July. First-year students may not change the course section or division to which you are assigned. Prospective students with questions should contact the Admissions or Registrar's Office at 412-396-6300. You may also email at lawadmissions@duq.edu or lawreg@duq.edu.

The School of Law's "Orientation Program" for ALL first-year day, evening, and part-time students is mandatory and usually scheduled for the third week of August. All First-year students must obtain their Duquesne University photo ID card which will permit the Registrar's office to download your picture to the office. In addition, the School of Law must receive an official copy of your undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate transcripts with the appropriate university seal.

All transcripts must include the words, "Degree Awarded" and must be issued by the University Registrar of your previous school(s), and mailed directly to Duquesne University School of Law. If your LSAC transcript is final includes your degree awarded or conferral date, you do do not need to send another official copy to our office.  Registration for first-year students is not complete until all necessary paperwork has been completed, you have attended orientation and made arrangements to pay all tuition and fees.

Your financial obligation as a registered student who does not subsequently attend will NOT be cancelled unless a written (typed) notification of your decision not to attend is given to the Law School Admissions Office before the first day of classes. Students deciding to withdraw after the first day of classes must notify the Law School Registrar's Office of the withdrawal and are subject to the official withdrawal policy which can be found in the Academic Bulletin.

Tuition bills are only available online by logging into your DORI account. Tuition can be paid by eCheck or by credit card. For more information regarding billing or financial aid please visit the Student Accounts or Financial Aid websites. 

The full-time day division is designed to provide training and education for those students who wish to devote full time to the study of law.  The School of Law strongly suggests that first-year day division students not engage in any outside employment during their first year at the School of Law, and strongly suggests that upper-level full-time, day division students not engage in more than 20 hours per week of outside employment.