University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Pitt Law trains lawyers to take on the opportunities and challenges of 21st century legal practice in the United States and around the world by providing students with a well-rounded legal education experience.

To prepare students to meet their futures, Pitt Law embraces innovation in its curriculum, its program offerings, and its teaching.  Pitt Law’s innovative 1L curriculum emphasizes the development of professional competencies and professional identity, and the School actively promotes innovative teaching. 

Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) is a unique partnership among the law school, local practitioners, and entrepreneurs in the community. It trains students to work with innovators and to think entrepreneurially themselves, as well as introducing students to the critical role that attorneys can play in regional economic development.  The IPI also creates a platform for continuing education for local entrepreneurs and attorneys serving the innovation economy, and organizes academic lectures and conferences relating to innovation.

The faculty at Pitt Law is made up of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who share a common commitment to educating their students and advancing knowledge. This group of nationally recognized teacher-scholars brings the law alive for Pitt Law students by challenging students to explore the relevance of law to the issues confronting our society. 

Learning from leading scholars who are also committed to teaching excellence, Pitt Law students are afforded a traditional classroom learning experience designed to develop analytical and communications skills, and also given opportunities to gain real-world experience and develop a sense of professional identity through law clinics, externships, and practicums.