Courses by Requirement

Check your Degree Progress Report for graduation requirements fulfilled for the current Academic Year (2014-15).

We are still working to verify and post the “Courses by Requirements”’ for the current Academic Year (2014-15). The courses for the upcoming Academic Year (2015-16) are reflected in the graduation requirement categories below.  As we verify the courses that fulfill requirements for the current Academic Year, they will be listed on the page. 


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 >