THE CASE FOR PITT LAW
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Pitt Law earns an outstanding R E P U TAT I O N by virtue of its university resources, its scholarship, its accomplished alumni, its extraordinary cost-to-value ratio, and its worldwide I M PA C T. Our I N T E G R AT I O N of rigorous classwork with practical E X P E R I E N C E — across the city and the world — helps students to develop highly versatile skills.
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of Pittsburgh School of Law is a globally respected institution preparing students to become excellent attorneys and leaders within both the legal profession and society. The curriculum applies legal scholarship and skills to contemporary issues, from international conflict resolution to intellectual property and technology. Beginning in the first year, our students balance rigorous core and specialty courses with immersion in clinics, practicums, networking opportunities with local law firms, and exposure to local innovators. The results speak to our students’ high caliber of talent and preparation. Compared to their local peers, Pitt Law graduates obtain significantly more bar passage/JD-advantaged jobs, work at more law firms of 250+ attorneys, win more judicial clerkships, and choose more public interest jobs. Our graduates may forge careers far from Pittsburgh, but they exemplify the spirit of innovation that guides the city and the University.
Pitt Law’s superior preparation begins with small classes. The average class size is fewer than 20 students. But Pitt Law’s reach as a pillar of a public research university with 10,000 graduate students in 14 graduate and professional schools creates deep opportunities for law students. The University’s reputation as a center for biotechnology, engineering, energy research, business, public policy, and health care illuminate the pathways for law careers. Our next-door neighbor, Carnegie Mellon University, complements Pitt’s strengths with advances in robotics, computer science, entertainment technology, public policy, and more. That synergy creates a clear advantage for Pitt Law students: Those admitted to law as well as to other graduate programs may complete both degrees in less time than two consecutive degrees would normally require. 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 ranked one of the Best Value Law Schools in the country. T H E N A T I O N A L J U R I S T, 2 0 1 4
JOINT GRADUATE DEGREES WITH LEADING RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES Pitt Law welcomes students who choose to pursue simultaneous degrees at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. J D/ M P A , J D/ M P I A , J D/ M I D
Law and Public Administration, Public & International Affairs, or International Development University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs J D/ M B A
Law and Business Administration University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business; Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business J D/ M P H
Law and Public Health University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health M S W/J D
Law and Social Work University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work J D/ M A
Law and Bioethics University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law J D/ M S P P M
Law and Public Policy and Management Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College; School of Public Policy & Management J D/ M A M
Law and Arts Management Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College; School of Public Policy & Management
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Your Pitt JD is tailored to prepare you to lead tech start-ups, prosecute cyberfraud, champion the environment, and interpret health care reform.
NEW FIELDS OF PRACTICE
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As issues of climate change and energy demand converge, this specialization addresses the demands of the region’s newest growth industry, natural gas, as well as national regulation and global sustainability. Coursework creates the context for understanding policy, politics, land use, and environmental litigation. Participation in environmental law clinics and externships, with an opportunity for a semester of credit in Washington, D.C., completes the program.
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Pitt Law is a national leader in health care and bioethics through faculty scholarship and close relationships with the University’s renowned schools of public health and medicine, as well as the UPMC health care system. Options in three different tracks — administration, finance, and governance; bioethics; and public health — permit further concentration. All students take a clinical or practicum experience, and fulfill upper-level writing requirements by choosing a topic in their field. You are invited to attend health law institutes and conferences to keep pace with topics in this rapidly changing field.
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Intellectual property law encompasses patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Technology law applies those concepts in new industries: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cyberspace, and telecommunications. These two related fields are among the most exciting and challenging areas of contemporary law practice. Pittsburgh’s growing dominance in technologies from nanoscience to driverless cars means plenty of opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and inventors.
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Setting global trade policy and r esolving transnational disputes, Pitt Law’s international law faculty encourage a broad global outlook. Students enroll in at least two courses within the Center for International Legal Education (CILE). Serving both American and foreign students, Pitt Law alumni, and the local legal community, CILE adds international substance to the study and practice of law in Pittsburgh. Well-established summer study programs in Europe, Africa, and Asia provide opportunities that often establish full-time careers.
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The heart of the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate Program is a collection of specialized courses taught exclusively by practicing trial attorneys whose insight and experience offer an invaluable perspective. If you thrive on the drama and challenge of courtroom action, these select courses provide a depth of litigation training unlike that available at almost any other law school. In these upper-level courses, class size averages fewer than 20 students.
Our global footprint includes student internships and fellowships on five continents.
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among the countryâ€™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 perspecÂ tive 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.
Haider Ala Hamoudi
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Law Haider Ala Hamoudi moved from the world of physics to comparative law. He spent most of 2009 in Baghdad advising the Constitutional Review Committee of the Iraqi legislature, publishing a book on the topic in 2013, and continues to focus on contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic law. While serving as associate dean of research, he also teaches commercial transactions, contracts, and Islamic law and jurisprudence.
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Pitt Lawâ€™s faculty ranks in the top 50 nationally in scholarly impact. S T U D Y , S T. T H O M A S S C H O O L O F L AW
William M. Carter, Jr.
Dean Carter maintains his commitment to teaching and scholarship, alongside serving as Dean. His courses include a popular first-year course in Civil Procedure. AsÂ a scholar, Carter has written extensively on evolving issues in constitutional law, civil procedure, and political and civil rights. Prior to his academic career, Carter was a litigation associate for major firms in Washington, D.C.
Alan Meisel Pitt Law’s director of the University
of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the school’s Health Law Certificate Program is an international authority on end-of-life decisionmaking and informed consent to medical treatment. Alan Meisel, professor of law, psychiatry, and bioethics, is the principal author of The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.
Jasmine Gonzales Rose
Jasmine Gonzales Rose’s research interests lie at the intersection of race, language, citizenship, and lay participation in the legal system. Prior to joining Pitt Law, the assistant professor worked for a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations on issues of civil and human rights. She sponsors the Prisoner Legal Support Project, a student group that volunteers with incarcerated defendants.
When athletics and equality make headlines, Deborah Brake is often quoted. Brake, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, is a nationally recognized expert and author on Title IX and gender equality in sports, as well as gender discrimination issues in the workplace. Prior to teaching, she served as senior counsel to the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Confronting the ethics of solitary confinement or consulting on the structure of the Iraqi constitution, our faculty works on the front lines of global justice.
Summer studies in the emerging democracies of Africa and Eastern Europe or competition in Viennaâ€™s prestigious Vis Moot in international commercial law connects Pitt Law students to diplomats from the United Nations and regional experts.
G LO BA L Sixty students help to produce jurist, Pitt Lawâ€™s influential online report on international legal news and decisions, which reaches an audience of 20,000 visitors a week.
Courses in foreign languages and legal cultures prepare students for transnational practice.
Joint degree programs with Carnegie Mellon University, an international innovator in robotics, computer science, and information technology, equip Pitt Law graduates for the innovation economy.
In 2013, the National Venture Capital Association ranked Pittsburgh as one of the top places for start-up capital investment.
Pitt Law boasts the most diverse law student body in the region.
+ Pittsburghâ€™s largest law school also places the largest number of students of prestigious federal clerkships as compared to our peers.
As the regionâ€™s largest employer, health care powers the local economy, creating demand for JDs with certifications in the field.
PPG Industries, Federated Investors, The PNC Financial Services Group, and
other major corporations offer summer externships and project experience to Pitt Law students.
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and students need their passports. Our faculty includes global authorities in conflict resolution and international trade law who regularly advise diplomats and corporations. Our students enhance their Pittsburgh coursework with study and service in nearly two dozen nations. Ten percent of international law students take advantage of scholarships for overseas experience each year. They may work with refugees in Southeast Asia and Africa or earn credits at European universities. Pitt Law teams have competed in the Vienna-based rounds for the Vis Moot for the past 19 years.
Upon graduation, many choose posts with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in international capitals. The University’s Center for International Studies (UCIS) offers area studies certificate programs that combine foreign language training and multidisciplinary courses for cultural competence. Pitt Law students can complete an area studies certificate concurrently with the JD program, without adding additional time to their schooling.
“Working abroad in a large European firm has given me a new perspective. Globalization has made some practice areas surprisingly familiar, but the national differences can be far-reaching.”
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STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES Since 2012, students have represented Pitt Law in internships and fellowships in these countries: Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Arusha Tanzania Barcelona Spain Beijing China
London United Kingdom Mexico City Mexico Munich Germany Newcastle upon Tyne
Buenos Aires Argentina
Seoul South Korea
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Small, bright, and disruptive: Pittsburgh’s young companies are transforming the city’s business culture.
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the companies that will power the 21st-century economy. Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) connects students with the city’s vibrant entrepreneurial sector. The IPI trains new lawyers to partner with innovators and teaches lawyers to be innovators. Coursework in the IPI includes copyright and trademark law, law and entrepreneurship, understanding the legal services marketplace, and commercializing new technologies, offered with the University’s Katz School of Business. The IPI places students at dozens of innovation enterprises in the region — for example, Pitt’s Innovation Institute, Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation, and the Coulter Program at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. Our students compete in the University-wide Big Idea Competition, which annually awards $20,000 prizes to fledgling firms. The IPI also leaps campus boundaries
with opportunities to network with fascinating partners. A few examples: S TA R T S M A R T
Start Smart is a collaborative program developed by the IPI in partnership with Project Olympus, a Carnegie Mellon University incubator that launches students’ high-tech ideas. It is open to law students, entrepreneurs, and start-up firms in the Pittsburgh region, teaching the basics of business law and business formation. The program’s mix of practical advice and exciting projects stimulates new partnerships and is free and open to all. I N N O VAT O R S , E S Q .
Innovators, Esq. is a lunch-and-learn series at which law students have the opportunity to meet attorneys pursuing successful careers in new fields in and beyond the law. IPI LEADERSHIP FORUM
The IPI Leadership Forum is an intensive five-week course in leadership development for Pitt Law students, faculty, and staff who believe they are Pittsburgh’s Next Big Thing.
LOCAL TALENT Among local companies sending representatives to recent IPI meet-ups are: Thrill Mill This high-tech incubator, founded by a Pitt Law graduate, hosts the Thrival Music + Innovation Festival and uses its Business Bout competition to find the next class of start-ups. International Electric Power Advising renewable energy and clean technology businesses, IEP has structured a trash-to-energy power project to benefit the people of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Treatspace Designed for patients, providers, and practices, this rapidly growing online resource works to simplify connections in health care. Steeltown Entertainment This nonprofit incubates, funds, and supports TV and movie production in Pittsburgh.
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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT LE ARNING CASE THEORY AND
applying legal skills are both vital to legal preparation. Pitt Law balances the scales from the first year, surrounding the academic curriculum with opportunities to hone your expertise. All first-year students enroll in the Pitt Law Academy, a 10-part introduction to a life in law. Compelling speakers, often well-known alumni, give candid advice on where to practice, what to practice, and what strategies to employ for professional success. Public service is a proud Pitt Law tradition. By your second year, you can elect clinics in health law, elder law, the environment, immigration, and more. Pitt Law students are certified by the State Supreme Court to work as legal interns, providing free assistance to the public through clinics. Through the Semester in D.C. program, students work as full-time externs with members of Congress, in federal agencies and courtrooms,
and in nonprofit agencies throughout Washington. Students gain broad experience in public policy, litigation, regulation, and lobbying, while reserving summers for work in other legal settings. The local bar association funds summer fellowships for outstanding Pitt Law students to serve local nonprofits; Pitt Law students also raise funds for scholarships for non-paid public service positions each summer. At Pitt Law, internships are essential career preparation. A strong network makes them happen, from posts with federal agencies and global organizations in Washington to corporate offices across the country. Lawyer to Lawyer and other networking events introduce you to members of the bar. Traditional moot court competitions help to sharpen litigation skills. From our campus to international courtrooms, Pitt Law teams dominate.
The art of the argument: Moot court competitions across the country and the world pit Pitt Law against the best.
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firms, a nationwide study of junior and mid-level partners ranked Pitt Law 39th in terms of producing the most firm partners. Other graduates apply their JDs as CEOs, judges, community leaders, and entrepreneurs.
“After spending two years as a Presidential Management Fellow, I moved into my current post as a Congressional advisor with the State Department.” P R A N AY VA D D I ’ 1 0
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At Pitt Law, I started building a career portfolio early. I took advantage of externships in the federal courts and the local office of Senator Bob Casey during the academic year. That led me to work in the senator’s Washington office during a semester in Washington, D.C. After spending two years as a Presidential Management Fellow, I moved into my current post as a Congressional advisor with the State Department, working to advance the department’s legislative goals with the Congress and preparing witnesses for Congressional meetings and oversight hearings on arms control, security, intelligence, and military affairs. I applied to Pitt Law because it had the right class size, and the specializa tions were a selling point. My Pitt Law professors were all extremely well qualified. They gave us freedom to think more deeply and broadly about issues as opposed to memorizing the law. We understood the theory and developed analytical skills. That’s frankly a good skill set for any profession, and has served me well since starting my career in the federal government.
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35,000 students, 14 graduate and professional schools, and the energy to connect them all. Located at the heart of the Pitt campus, the Barco Law Building includes social spaces like The Side Bar cafe and the Starbucks inside the law library.
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Pittsburgh has welcomed the world’s most distinguished scholars. Pitt ranks fifth overall and third among public institutions in the U.S. National Science Foundation’s ranking of federally funded research. Pitt also ranks among the top five universities nationally in annual research support awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Our 23 libraries and collections house nearly 7 million volumes. The
Petersen Events Center hosts collegiate sporting events (Pitt is a member of the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference), concerts, and more. As a state-related university, Pitt receives public funding that defrays the cost of attendance for Pennsylvania residents. The combination of academic excellence and low in-state tuition creates an extraordinary cost-to-value ratio for Pitt Law students.
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It 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 Pittâ€™s medical school and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a world-class center for bioengineering. Experts in public health
Golf, tennis, swimming, skating, and trails: Our location on the edge of forested Schenley Park provides an instant urban getaway.
and public policy from all over the world mingle here, lecturing and learning. Historians, novelists and authors read their works in the popular Arts & 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 cafes and green space of Schenley Plaza. We share a border of the 456-acre Schenley Park with Carnegie Mellon University and two of the cityâ€™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.
“People who come here fall in love with this city.”
CASEY MARTINEZ ’15
EXCITING AND AFFORDABLE Pittsburgh’s values in housing, commuting, and entertainment make the town a law student’s best friend.
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ONE WEEK. ONE CITY. HUNDREDS OF CHOICES. The city is calling. Round out the day with your favorite way to kick back: high energy, low cost, or completely unexpected.
Squonk Opera In the park Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival
Shopping by day and the clubs by night in the Strip District
Dragon boat races
A century bike ride on the 185-mile Great Allegheny Passage
East End Brewing Company
Hit the jackpot at Rivers Casino
Midnight Radio at Bricolage
Penguins hockey at CONSOL Energy Center
Electronica and art at the VIA Festival
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Running the Pittsburgh Marathon (with 30,000 others)
An exotic lunch at Conflict Kitchen
Fireworks after the Pirates game
Barbecue and bourbon at Union Pig & Chicken Indie crafts at the I Made It! Market
Salsa Fridays at Theater Square
Hearing historian David McCullough speak in his hometown
Good Friday’s party at the Andy Warhol Museum Neon Trees concert on the lawn at Stage AE
Brunch with Mom at The Porch
Kayaking on the Allegheny River downtown Building your own (cool) invention at Tech Shop
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program from September 1 through our deadline of April 1. Applications are considered only for the current year for the fall semester, and students are accepted for full-time, three-year enrollment. We require all applicants to submit their applications online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Pitt Law is highly competitive, and admissions decisions are based on many factors. The committee carefully evaluates graduate work, professional experience, and applicants’ under graduate GPA. Applicants are required to register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through LSAC and must take the LSAT. The Pitt Law admissions committee employs a rolling admissions process. Students may request priority decisions within 14 business days. Scholarship decisions are made at the time of acceptance.
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Barco Law Building 3900 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260 412.648.1413 email@example.com
Discover Pitt Law at weekly information sessions and monthly Saturday open houses throughout the academic year. TUITION AND FEES
Tuition and fees for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law are adjusted each year based on recommendations from the University Board of Trustees. These tuition rates and fees are announced online in July. SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID
Pitt Law offers exceptional value: Approximately 70 percent of the student body receives scholarship funds from Pitt Law in the form of merit or need-based scholarship awards. Every admitted student is considered for merit scholarship awards at the time of admission to Pitt Law. The merit scholarships are renewable for the second and third years of law school provided the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students may also take advantage of other aid, including guaranteed loans.
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Pitt Law is finding new ways to S E R V E its students, the community, the country, and the world. We C O L L A B O R AT E with exciting partners to P R E PA R E students to L E A D their chosen fields. Our programs are in-depth, agile, and energetic.
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