University of Pittsburgh School of Law


The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.

The following statistics include the Pittsburgh campus as well as Pitt's regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt people have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.

Pitt's regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville offer the advantages and environment of liberal arts colleges along with the resources and prestige of a major research university.

Reputational Rankings

Pitt is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review's 2015 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges.

Globally, Pitt is among the Top 100 universities, according to the 2014 world rankings by The Times Higher Education.

For the 10th consecutive year (2015), Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Pitt ranks as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.

Pitt ranks No. 22 in the world among 2,000 colleges and universities for the quality and quantity of its scholarly publications, according to 2013-14 statistics released by the University Ranking by Academic Performance Research Laboratory. Pitt placed 16th nationally and 7th among U.S. public universities.

In recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement, Pitt was designated in 2014 as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Pitt ranks among the top two U.S. universities and No. 4 among universities worldwide in the 2013 edition of The Scientist's "Best Places to Work in Academia" survey.

Pitt also is the only Pennsylvania public college or university included in The Princeton Review-USA TODAY national "Best Value Colleges for 2014" list, based on academic quality, cost, and financial aid.

Calling Pitt "a world class research university" with an "unwavering commitment to excellence," a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation report in September 2012 reaccredited the University for a 10-year period, without qualification, the maximum permissible time for an extension of accreditation.

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LL.M. Degree

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh's Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program for Foreign Law Graduates provides lawyers who have completed their law degree outside the United States with an opportunity to study common law in the United States. [+]

The University of Pittsburgh's Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program for Foreign Law Graduates provides lawyers who have completed their law degree outside the United States with an opportunity to study common law in the United States. Students pursue their goals with the help of a close-knit community of intelligent and energetic scholars who are at the forefront of domestic and international legal research and scholarship. The University of Pittsburgh offers a general LL.M. degree that gives students the freedom and flexibility to choose their courses from the Law School’s full curriculum. Students can focus their coursework on a particular field, or they can take a generalized approach and incorporate multiple subject areas. Either way, CILE staff is here to help develop an appropriate course of study tailored to each student’s needs. Interaction with U.S. JD students is integral to understanding U.S. law, and to participating fully in the social and intellectual life of the law school. The LL.M. program allows students to study the U.S. legal system and institutions alongside JD students. The International Law Society (ILS) also takes an active role to put together social events for LL.M. and JD students to mingle and form relationships beyond the classroom. Benefits One of the unique benefits of our LL.M. program is that we have our own professional writing specialist who works individually with our LL.M. students, to review their written work and teach them how to produce clear and effective English. We also work hard to place LL.M. students in post-graduation internships that match their professional interests and needs. Past LL.M. internship placements have included PPG Industries, Bayer, Alcoa, H.J. Heinz Co., and local private law firms and professional organizations. Unlike most LL.M. programs, the University of Pittsburgh intentionally limits the size of its class in order to offer each student a personalized course of study and experience. Students benefit from inclusion in the entire Law School community, in addition to a small community of global scholars who are dealing with common experiences. Special opportunities are arranged for the LL.M. class to visit important legal institutions and see their studies in practice. Keeping the LL.M. class small also allows faculty members to deal with student needs on an individual basis. The required LL.M. courses (Introduction to American Law, U.S. Legal Research & Writing, and the Spring Colloquium) are limited to LL.M. students to allow for substantial discussion and comparison of home legal systems, and for students to receive personal feedback on both written and oral presentations. Despite a small class size, enough LL.M. students are admitted to have a significant impact on the JD students in other classes. In an age when revenue generation is encouraged, and numbers often rule, we are pleased that the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has seen fit to focus on quality rather than quantity in this program. [-]


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