University of Pittsburgh

Online LL.M. Degree Requirements

Length of LL.M. Program: Two academic years.

Estimated LL.M. Tuition & Fees: $35,000 tuition + $900 fees

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 24 credits to graduate. The program is completed in two academic years. Additional Requirements are:

  1. Students are required to take U.S. Legal Analysis & Writing (3 credits; Fall Semester) and Introduction to American Law (3 credits; Fall Semester).
  2. Each student must complete a faculty supervised writing project, either in a seminar or as an independent study.
  3. Students who will take the New York Bar Exam must take courses that satisfy the Exam’s requirements for LL.M. students. These requirements can be foundhere.

Pennsylvania State Bar Exam:

While Pitt Law LL.M. graduates routinely qualify to take the New York bar exam, changes adopted in December 2013 now make it easier for an LL.M. graduate to qualify to take the Pennsylvania Bar exam as well.            

            Generally, a foreign lawyer may sit for the Pennsylvania Bar Exam if he/she:              

  1. has been admitted to practice in his/her home country;
  2. has practiced in his/her home country for five of the past eight years immediately preceding application to take the Pennsylvania Bar Exam; and
  3. has completed at least 24 credits in classes from a specific list of courses (these courses must include Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Research and Writing).        

Any student interested in this possibility should carefully check Rule 205 of the Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules (


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