Duquesne University School of Law

Meet Emily Crawford

Second-Year Day Student


Buffalo, N.Y. 

Why did you choose Duquesne Law?

I attended the University of Pittsburgh for my undergraduate degree and I fell in love with the City of Pittsburgh. After I decided that I wanted to remain in Pittsburgh for law school, I applied to Duquesne Law. After applying, I visited the school and met with Dean Gormley. The warm and comforting atmosphere at Duquesne Law solidified my decision. After being here at Duquesne, I now know that I made the right decision. The tight-knit community at Duquesne Law has allowed and enabled me to pursue and achieve my professional goals. 

What are your practice-area interests? 

Litigation, health-care law, and education law 

Did you select a concentration? 

Yes, civil litigation. This summer I interned with the Honorable William M. Skretny in the Western District of New York, and I fell in love with the rules and regulations of federal court, along with various court proceedings. My summer experience has inspired me to pursue a career in litigation.  

With which law student organizations and/or publications are you involved? 

How did you become involved in the Women’s Law Association? What has your experience been working with WLA? Who would you recommend join? 

I became involved with the Women’s Law Association through a fellow second-year student, Cella Iovino. I was thrilled when she asked me if I would be interested in helping out with the organization, as I am committed to increasing the female presence in the legal field. At the present time the board is planning several different networking events with female attorneys, working in the Pittsburgh legal community, to meet and talk with Duquesne Law students. I would encourage all students to join WLA – it is a great way to meet people, network, and get involved in the legal community. 

What advice would you give to students considering attending law school? 

I would encourage students to stay open to all opportunities provided to them and take advantage of any help or guidance someone is willing to provide them with. 

Further, I wish someone would have told me that, although law school is not a walk in the park, as it is challenging, when you succeed and master a concept, it is beyond rewarding. Law school is a great time to network and figure out what your passions are. 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 

I have no idea! Right now I would say that I see myself as a litigator in either Pittsburgh or Buffalo. However, I was once given the advice that I should not put myself in a box and decide the rest of my career path based on my current interests, but instead I should be willing to take any opportunity. 

What do you like to do for fun? 

I love going out to eat! Pittsburgh has the best restaurants – some of my favorites include Girasole, Nakama, and Urban Tap. I also love going on walks around the city and exploring new places! 

What might people be surprised to know about you? 

I play three instruments – the piano, violin, and clarinet.