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University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The program's first-year curriculum offers a solid foundation in legal analysis and reasoning through courses in subject areas traditionally viewed as basic for legal education. Pitt Law JD students enjoy a large degree of latitude in designing courses of study that meet their individual goals and interests, with only a handful of graduation requirements beyond the first year.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 677
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.09 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 83.65%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76.13%
In State Tuition $29,468
Out of State Tuition $36,444

Overview

Overview

About University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The program's first-year curriculum offers a solid foundation in legal analysis and reasoning through courses in subject areas traditionally viewed as basic for legal education. Pitt Law JD students enjoy a large degree of latitude in designing courses of study that meet their individual goals and interests, with only a handful of graduation requirements beyond the first year.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s long history of turning out educated, practical attorneys dates back more than 110 years, and the school (located in the lively Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh) continues to uphold the standards of excellence set into place way back when. Those who want to focus or broaden their expertise can enroll in one of seven joint degree programs (including two partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University) or five certificate programs, which come with possibilities for international externships, skills instruction by teams of practicing litigators, or membership on an intellectual property moot court team.Pitt Law often flies under the radar, but boasts “a surprisingly impressive faculty and staff” and an “incredible and very accessible” Dean. “I often joke that I accidentally went to the best school I applied to without knowing it,” says a 1L. The “extremely high qual­ity” professors are “fantastic,” “universally reasonable, engaged and knowledgeable,” and are “accessible without any reservation.” Some “will even give personal phone numbers to contact in case of emergency or to arrange a meeting outside the law school.” “I've been impressed at how passionate a lot of the professors are about their subjects. If you go talk to them, you may pick up a bit of that passion, too,” says another. The “breadth of available academic concentrations and hands-on skills courses” afforded to students are what really drive home the value of a Pitt Law degree; the health law and international law programs are “of a very high caliber” and offer “diverse opportunities and successful job placement,” and Pitt Law students can also serve as editors at JURIST, the world's only web-based, student-powered legal news source, which is based at the law school. Students can also take advantage of “the help and resources of Pitt Law's internal organizations” such as the Center for International Legal Education, which helps to organize international internships and other opportunities, and the Innovation Practice Institute, which connects law students with local start-ups.The financial aid and admissions offices “are run more smoothly than any other school of which I know,” according to a student. Career services “has often seemed meandering in focus,” but “the new head of the career services office is more aggressive in pursuing opportunities for students.” She is “incredibly well networked and goes above and beyond to assist students in finding and landing internships and jobs.” The alumni net­work is also quite expansive, and most former students “seem to hold a special place in their hearts for their alma mater and a strong willingness to help current students achieve their goals.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 241

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA, Law and Urban and Public Administration, 4 years; JD/MPIA, Law and International Affairs, 4 years; JD/MBA, Law and Business Administration, 3 1/2 years; JD/MPH, Law and Public Health, 3 1/2 years; JD/MA, Law and Medical Ethics, 3 1/2 years; JD/MS, Law and Public Management, 4 years (in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University); JD/MBA (in conjunction with Tepper School Carnegie Mellon University; JD/MSW with the School of Social Work, 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 108
Full-Time Faculty 44
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 54
Faculty Gender 64% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 60% Male
40% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 64%
Multi-racial 1%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 16%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $29,468 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,052 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $45,520 $29,468

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,444 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,052 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $52,496 $36,444

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$39,110 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

University of Pittsburgh School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 160
LSAT Total 155 - 160

University of Pittsburgh School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.09 - 3.6
Total 3.09 - 3.6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 92%
First Time Pass Rate 84%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 42 25%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 13 8%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 15 9%
Business Industry 43 25%
Government 16 9%
Public Interest 5 3%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 11 7%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 37 17%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 3%
WV 4%
PA 68%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Pittsburgh School of Law include:

  • Ralph J. Cappy - Former Chief Justice of Pennsylvania
  • Ruggerio Aldisert - Senior Judge for the Third Circuit
  • Joseph Weis - Senior Judge for the Third Circut
  • Orrin Hatch - Senator,Utah
  • Richard Thornburg - Former U.S. Attorney General

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