Courses and Curriculum
Catalog of Courses
The course catalog contains descriptions of courses offered at the School of Law. Not all courses are offered every year. Information on offerings is available inside the individual catalog pages.
Please note that the Law School makes every reasonable effort to ensure that the courses listed in the course catalog are offered as scheduled. On occasion, however, circumstances or events beyond the control of the Law School can result in a class being cancelled, reassigned to a different professor, or offered on a different day or at a different time. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause you.
Schedule of Classes
The course offerings have information specific to the particular section and professor who is offering the course. You will find information about grading, prerequisites, and other offering-specific information here. Links to the course schedules can be found on the right side of this page.
Courses by Requirement Fulfilled
A student must complete all of the following to be eligible for graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law:
- Foundations of Legal Research (1 credit)
Must be taken during the second year. Three sections of this course will be offered each Fall semester.
LAW 5386: Foundations of Legal Research >
- Legal Profession (Ethics)
Courses satisfying the Legal Profession requirement provide substantial instruction in the history, goals, structure, values, rules, and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.
Legal Profession >
Please note: Lawyering: A History satisfies both the Law School's and the ABA's legal profession requirement, but does not satisfy the New York professional responsibility requirement. Students who plan to sit for the New York bar exam who take Lawyering: A History should also take one of the other legal profession courses (i.e., Legal Profession, Professional Responsibility, or Law and Ethics of Lawyering) in order to satisfy New York's professional responsibility requirement.
- Upper Level Legal Writing Requirement (ULW)
This requirement is satisfied by a paper of substantial length requiring the student to explore, on the basis of significant research in legal sources, the interrelationships of issues presented in a complex context, and must be fulfilled through a seminar, legal writing independent study or other course specifically designated as meeting the upper-level writing requirement. Only members of the full-time faculty may supervise papers to satisfy the ULW requirement. A paper must receive a grade of B- or better to satisfy the ULW requirement.
Upper-Level Writing >
- Writing Requirement ("W")
This requirement is fulfilled by completing either 1) a second/separate seminar, legal writing independent study, or course meeting the upper level legal writing (ULW) requirement as described above or 2) one course designated as satisfying the W requirement. Students must receive a grade of B- or better to satisfy the W requirement.
“W” Writing >
- Professional Skills requirement
Each student must receive at least 2 credits of substantial instruction in professional skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession.
Professional Skills >
- International/Comparative Law requirement
Each student must complete an international law/comparative law course in the second or third year, choosing from a menu of courses designated as satisfying the international/comparative law requirement.
International / Comparative >
The document that may be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right side of this page categorizes the courses offered at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law by topic. The list is intended to assist law students in their understanding of the relationship of courses to one another within the curriculum, with particular regard to the process of selecting elective courses during the second and third years of law school.