University of Pittsburgh

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3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Law School Overview

The School of Law at University of Pittsburgh has an application deadline of April 1. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at University of Pittsburgh is $65. Its tuition is full-time: $30,400 per year (in-state) and full-time: $37,604 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 14.2:1. The School of Law at University of Pittsburgh has 84 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. students have the option to specialize their degrees in a variety of areas, including health law, international and comparative law, and environmental law, science, and policy. There are also options to complete a curricular emphasis program, such as the Holocaust and Crimes Against Humanity study emphasis. Students who would like to earn a second degree have a variety of joint program choices, including a J.D./M.B.A. through either the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business or the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, a J.D./master of social work through the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, or a J.D./master of arts management through the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.

To gain hands-on training, law students can partake in a number of clinical experiences through the Elder Law Clinic, the Taxpayer Clinic, the Health Law Clinic, and others. For more real-world experiences, students can participate in the Pitt Law Semester in D.C. Program, which coordinates externships in federal agencies, offices of senators and representatives, and more. Outside of class, students can vie for positions on student publications including the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, the Journal of Law and Commerce, and the Pittsburgh Tax Review. Through the university, law students can also get discount tickets for arts events throughout the city.

While Pitt Law does not have a part-time program, it does offer a flex-time program that allows students to take a less rigorous load of courses if they have other obligations. Flex-time learners may graduate in four years, though tuition doesn’t change if they take a lighter load.

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Year founded 1895
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $65
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (412) 648-1415
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 84
Student-faculty ratio 14.2:1
Total faculty 109

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 590
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 241


Tuition and fees

full-time: $30,400 per year (in-state)
full-time: $37,604 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $16,324


Employed at graduation2 32.4%
Median private sector starting salary $67,500
Median public service starting salary $42,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 468,991

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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