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University of Pittsburgh School of Law

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Contact Information

3900 Forbes Avenue
Barco Law Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412.648.1413
Fax: 412.648.1318
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Since 1895, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has been preparing students to become excellent attorneys and leaders in the legal profession and society. Known and respected globally for our scholarship, we offer quality academics, a world-class faculty, endless opportunities for hands-on learning, and exceptional career preparation and placement. Our curriculum is strong on fundamentals and embraces innovation, focusing on issues ranging from commercialization of new technologies to conflict resolution to cyber security.

We also maintain an outstanding cost-to-value ratio, and we’re committed to providing scholarships for highly qualified students through all three years. In fact, a vast majority of our student body receives scholarship funds in the form of merit- or need-based awards.


Our faculty members are among the country’s most distinguished legal scholars. But they are also passionate teachers who enjoy the personal give-and-take of the classroom.

Pitt Law professors have defined bioethics, illuminated discrimination, and clarified intellectual property disputes. They advise the founders of new democracies and provide perspective on civil liberties in the United States. Pitt Law has led the move to free worldwide online sharing of legal and judicial scholarship with JURIST, publishing international news and primary source documents. The school also sponsors legal symposia for industries from health care to natural gas and brings experts to campus for formal lectures and informal debate.

With small class sizes and personal interaction, Pitt Law students engage with their teachers and benefit from their broad professional networks. On the lighter side, Pitt Law faculty auction their talents and donations annually to benefit the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation, a student group that raises scholarship funds for classmates electing public interest summer internships.

Library and Physical Facilities

Originally conceived as both a law library and a research center, the Barco Law Library is located on the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the Barco Law Building. The fourth floor is the library’s nerve center, containing the circulation desk, reference desk and reference collection, group-study rooms, printing and photocopying services, two computer labs, and the IT department. The current collection includes all of the major legal databases as well as 468,000 volumes and volume equivalents.

Among the Barco Law Building’s features is the oak-paneled Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, which includes a seven-seat judges’ bench, jury and press boxes, counselors’ tables, judges’ chambers, and a jury room. Recently, construction was completed on the student lounge, which provides a multipurpose space for students to study and socialize. This space houses a Starbucks, a student organization office suite that offers both collaborative and private work environments, student lockers, and a comfortable seating area with ample electrical access for laptop use.

Clinical Programs

Law school and reality meet head on in Pitt Law’s in-house legal clinics. Under the supervision of full-time faculty who are practicing attorneys, you will wrestle as a lawyer with legal and ethical issues involving real people. Students are eligible to enroll in a legal clinic beginning in the second semester of their second year of law school. Clinics include

Programs of Specialized Study

One way to prepare for law practice in a society facing information overload and increasingly complex legal issues is to concentrate your academic study in a particular field of law. Pitt Law students who choose this route have the advantage of pursuing any of six different specialized areas of study, each of which offers students the opportunity to take sharply focused courses leading to a designation on the transcript verifying completion of a concentrated course of study. Specialized areas of study include

Joint-Degree Programs

Pitt Law welcomes students who choose to pursue simultaneous degrees at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Joint-degree opportunities include

  • JD/MPA, JD/MPIA, and JD/MID (Law and Public Administration, Public and International Affairs, or International Development) with University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • JD/MBA (Law and Business Administration) with University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business; Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business
  • JD/MPH (Law and Public Health) with University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • MSW/JD (Law and Social Work) with University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
  • JD/MA (Law and Bioethics) with University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law
  • JD/MSPPM (Law and Public Policy and Management) with Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College; School of Public Policy and Management
  • JD/MAM (Law and Arts Management) with Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College; School of Public Policy and Management
  • JD/MSISPM (Law and Information Security Policy) with Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College; School of Public Policy and Management

Semester in DC

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Semester in DC Program enables law students to gain full-time experience working with a nonprofit or government office while engaging in a weekly seminar with fellow law students and a full-time faculty member in DC. In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Pitt Law is the only law school in the country to offer students a Semester in DC Program in conjunction with a graduate policy school.

Innovation Practice Institute (IPI)

Pitt Law is uniquely situated amid some of the world’s leading innovators in fields ranging from regenerative medicine to robotics to entertainment technology to alternative energy and green building. Taking advantage of this environment, IPI gives Pitt Law students the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential, cross-disciplinary, project-based learning to develop the skills and confidence to participate as professionals in the innovation culture and economy.

Center for International Legal Education

The Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at Pitt Law exists to advance legal education and the rule of law, both at the school and throughout the world. CILE programs are designed to benefit JD students at Pitt Law, foreign students enrolled in the LLM and SJD programs, and external constituencies. These programs benefit our students by responding to personal academic and career goals and providing opportunities that help each student achieve his or her goals. CILE programs offer Pitt Law students exposure to the world of international and comparative law in settings that help develop the necessary competence to become a global lawyer.

CILE programs also bring students to Pitt Law from around the world to educate them in comparative legal systems, develop relationships, and create diversity in understanding of the rule of law. CILE programs reach out to countries in transition, providing training and a focus on legal education as core to a functioning legal system that is necessary to the rule of law, and trains those who will educate future generations of lawyers in those transition countries.

Student Activities

The University of Pittsburgh Law Review, the Journal of Law and Commerce, and the Journal of Technology Law and Policy are among the journals published by law students.

More than 30 law student organizations thrive at Pitt Law, reflecting the diverse social and intellectual interests and experiences of our students. They include the Asian Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, the Environmental Law Council, the Federalist Society, the Hispanic Law Society, the Jewish Law Students Association, the Lesbian-Gay Rights Organization (OUTLAW), the Pitt Law Women’s Association, and the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation, among others.

The Office of Career and Professional Development

The Office of Professional and Career Development (OPCD) is dedicated to providing students and graduates with the information and tools necessary for successful career development and advancement. The office assists students and graduates in their pursuit of careers in a wide variety of settings, including private law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies, corporate and business environments, judicial clerkships, academia, and nontraditional careers.

Through an extensive array of services, including individual counseling, educational programming, interviewing opportunities, printed and online resources, job-posting databases, and a substantial alumni network, the OPCD helps educate students and graduates for a lifetime of successful career management.

The OPCD also serves as an intermediary between prospective employers and law students. By posting job vacancies, scheduling on-campus interviews, sponsoring programs, and participating in and promoting off-campus job fairs, we provide a range of employment prospects. Through ongoing outreach, the OPCD staff endeavors to create ever-increasing employer interest in Pitt Law students and graduates.

Admission and Financial Aid

Pitt Law is highly competitive, and we base admission decisions on many factors. Our admission committee will carefully evaluate your graduate work, professional experience, and undergraduate GPA and make a decision on a rolling basis, or you may request a priority decision within 14 business days.

Pitt Law’s mission to encourage talent includes a commitment to providing scholarships for highly qualified students through all three years. Nearly 70 percent of all students receive financial aid. Pitt Law is consistently named one of the best value law schools in the country.

Life in Oakland and Pittsburgh

Oakland is an innovation hub, brimming with the creativity of students, researchers, inventors, and visitors from around the world. With most of its residents under age 30, the neighborhood pulses with intensity. Business incubators, health researchers, the RAND Corporation, Disney, IBM, and Microsoft share this intellectual hub.

UPMC, an international health care system, maintains four teaching hospitals on the Pitt campus and dozens throughout the region. It is closely affiliated with Pitt’s medical school and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a world-class center for bioengineering. Experts in public health and public policy from all over the world mingle here, lecturing and learning. Historians, novelists, and authors read their works in the popular Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures series at the nearby Carnegie Music Hall, also a busy concert venue.

Pitt Law sits at the heart of the university campus, a few steps from the cafés and green space of Schenley Plaza. We share a border of the 456-acre Schenley Park with Carnegie Mellon University and two of the city’s four Carnegie museums. The Carnegie Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History are renowned for their magnificent collections, while local eateries feature global cuisine.

Oakland’s proximity to downtown Pittsburgh keeps students close to major attractions such as the Steeler’s Heinz Field, the Pirate’s PNC Park, and the Penguins’ Consol Energy Center. Downtown’s cultural district teems with galleries and theaters such as the renowned Wood Street Galleries and the Harris Theater. Outside of downtown, the vibrant neighborhoods and night life centers of Lawrenceville, the South Side, and Shadyside are a short bus ride away. The university’s seamlessness with the city means students don’t have to feel locked away on a campus.

Pittsburgh’s value in housing, commuting, and entertainment make the town a law student’s best friend.

Applicant Profile

Prior to 2016, Applicant Profile Grids contained data for fall applicants only. The grids now include applicants who were admitted for all terms in academic year 2016. By comparing your LSAT score and GPA with those of the admitted applicants whose data is reflected on this grid, you can get a general sense of your competitiveness at this school.


  1. Law schools consider many other factors beyond the LSAT score and GPA.
  2. The data in the grid is from a previous application year and may not reflect fluctuations in applicant volume that affect admission decisions.
  3. The data includes deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “admitted applicants who were granted a postponed enrollment for a subsequent term.”
3.74 Apps
3.74 Adm
3.49 Apps
3.49 Adm
3.24 Apps
3.24 Adm
2.99 Apps
2.99 Adm
2.74 Apps
2.74 Adm
2.49 Apps
2.49 Adm
2.24 Apps
2.24 Adm
Below 2.00
Below 2.00
175–180 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
170–174 3 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 8
165–169 15 12 10 7 12 7 6 3 4 3 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 55 35
160–164 39 28 37 28 29 23 25 15 13 9 7 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 157 108
155–159 62 53 74 48 78 50 64 37 30 10 20 12 12 1 2 0 1 0 15 7 358 218
150–154 48 14 70 30 85 24 70 15 41 2 32 4 14 0 5 0 3 0 19 2 387 91
145–149 22 4 39 3 51 5 44 2 28 2 18 0 7 1 5 0 1 0 6 0 221 17
140–144 13 0 16 0 17 0 21 0 14 0 16 0 9 0 4 0 1 0 4 0 115 0
135–139 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
130–134 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
125–129 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
120–124 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 203 114 254 117 276 111 236 72 139 29 100 22 46 2 17 0 8 0 52 12 1331 479

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 100% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.