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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

JD Program

LSAT

Applying

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Academics

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JD Program

What are your most recent incoming class statistics?
General statistics for the entering class can be found on the class profile.

Do you have a part-time or evening program?
No, at Pitt Law we only offer full-time day classes.

Is there a specific major required for admissions?
There is no specific major that is required for admission; however you must complete a baccalaureate degree which is regionally accredited. Students from all majors have been successful in their legal studies- so we encourage you to study something that is of interest to you and to be as academically successful as possible in your studies.  We are often asked what you can do to help prepare yourself for law school. While there is not any academic coursework that you can take to prepare, you may want to consider taking courses that have a reading and writing emphasis as you complete your undergraduate studies.

Can I sit in on a first year class or visit the law school?
We would be thrilled to have you visit Pitt Law at any point! We offer a variety of visit options including Pitt Law Admissions 101 Information Sessions, Discover Pitt Law programs, individual tours and appointments, or even just sitting in on a class of your choice.

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LSAT

Do you accept the February LSAT for admission?
Yes, the February LSAT is the latest LSAT you may take for fall entry.

If I take the LSAT multiple times, will you take the highest score or the average of the scores?
Pitt Law’s policy is to take the highest score earned on the LSAT.

For how long is my LSAT score valid?
According to the Law School Admission Council, LSAT scores are valid for five (5) years.

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Applying

How can I obtain an application for admission?
Our application is available on-line.

When do you begin accepting applications? Is there a deadline?
JD Applications are accepted from September 1st through April 1st.

When is the best time to apply?
We encourage all applicants to apply early in the admissions cycle as we read applications and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. While timing does play a role in the admissions process, it is still best to submit the strongest application possible.

Does Pitt Law offer fee waivers?
We do offer fee waivers- please contact our office if you would like to request one.

Do you offer admissions interviews?
We do not offer admissions interviews; however you are always welcome to meet with a staff member from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. 

Does Pitt Law grant admissions deferrals?
The admissions committee grants one-year deferrals on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the admissions office by e-mail or mail to request a deferral.

What if I have questions regarding Character and Fitness?
If you have any questions about the Character and Fitness section of the application please contact our office. Every state has different qualifications for admission to the bar. The American Bar Association (ABA) is another useful website if you have questions about a specific state’s bar requirements.

What are the requirements for transfer admission?
Students interested in applying for transfer admission must have completed one year of academic coursework at an ABA accredited law school.

Do you accept visiting students?
Yes, students currently enrolled in another ABA accredited law school are eligible to apply to be a visiting student. Visiting students must have completed two years of coursework at an ABA accredited law school.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Do you have merit based scholarships?
Our merit scholarships are awarded during the admissions process.  For more detailed information on the scholarships we offer please visit our Scholarship webpage.

Is there a separate application to be considered for scholarship?

Our Dean’s, Tuition, and K. Leroy Irvis scholarships do not require a separate application.  After a student is admitted, he/she will be automatically reviewed for these scholarships.  Our Public Interest Scholarship Application is admitted to all admitted students.  Only students that qualify will be invited to apply for the Cappy Scholarship.  More detailed information on the application process for this scholarship can be found on our Scholarship webpage.

If admitted, when will I receive scholarship information?
Scholarship and financial aid information will be included with your letter of admissions.

Do you have a Public Interest Scholarship?
We offer a Public Interest Scholarship that all admitted students are invited to apply.  The deadline for the Public Interest Scholarship is February 15th.

What is financial aid?
Financial aid consists of all scholarship and student loans that a student is eligible to receive for their studies.

How do I apply for student loans?
The federal student loan program is the most widely used student loans.  To apply for and receive the federal student loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  More detailed information on federal student loans and alternative student loans can be found on our Loans webpage.

What is Pitt Law’s School code for the FAFSA?
Pitt Law uses the same school code as the University of Pittsburgh, 008815.

How much financial aid can I receive?
Students can receive financial aid (scholarship and student loans) up to their total cost of attendance.  As a state-related institution, Pitt Law has separate cost for Pennsylvania students and non-Pennsylvania students.  To see the breakdown of the cost, please visit our Costs webpage.

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Academics

Do you have any joint degree programs?
Pitt Law offers a variety of joint degree programs.  If you are interested in a joint degree program, you will have to go through two separate admissions processes and we encourage you to work closely not only with our office but also the admissions office of the master's degree program you are considering.

Do you have any clinical programs?
Yes, there are six clinical programs at Pitt Law including our Taxpayer Clinic, Elder Law Clinic, Environmental Law Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Health Law Clinic, and Immigration Law Clinic.

Do you offer any areas of concentration?
Yes, following your first year, your academic schedule will be completely elective driven toward your interests and career goals. While many students choose to take a variety of courses across the curriculum, some students choose to concentrate in a specific area of law.  We offer concentrations in International Law, Health Law, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, and Environmental and Energy Law.  We also encourage you to explore our course offerings as you can tailor your classes to focus on many different areas of law in addition to our specific concentrations.

What are your study abroad opportunities?
We have our Center for International Legal Education (CILE) which allows our students to study abroad almost anywhere in the world!  Students interested in studying abroad work directly with CILE on coordinating their study abroad which can be for a summer, a semester, or a full academic year.

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