Academic Calendar

Fall 2017 Semester

Dates Days Event
August 22-25 Tuesday - Friday First-year student orientation
August 28 Monday Fall Semester classes begin
August 28 - September 1 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Fall Semester
September 4 Monday Labor Day (no classes)
November 22-24 Wednesday - Friday Thanksgiving Recess (no classes)
(Univ. Closed Thursday and Friday)
December 5 Tuesday Friday Class Schedule
December 7 Thursday Last Day of Classes
December 11-21 Monday - Thursday Fall Semester Examinations

Spring 2018 Semester

Dates Days Event
January 3-6 Wednesday - Saturday Annual AALS Meeting,
San Diego, CA
January 8 Monday Spring Semester classes begin
January 8 - 12 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Spring Semester
January 15 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King Day
(no classes)
March 5 - 9 Monday - Friday Spring Recess (no classes)
March 9 Friday Spring Holiday (University closed)
April 23 Monday Last Day of Classes;
Monday Class Schedule
April 26 - May 8 Thursday - Tuesday Spring Semester Examinations
May 11 Friday Law School Graduation

2017-2018 Academic Calendar Download

Pitt Law Academy will be held on the following dates. Programmatic details for each Pitt Law Academy will be amended when available.

Fall 2017 semester

  • September 7, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now: Thoughts From Prominent Lawyers on What They Should Have Done (and Not Done) When They Were in Law School To Prepare For Their Legal Careers

    Speakers:
    ○ Hal Coffey (President, Allegheny County Bar Association; attorney, Blumling & Gusky, LLP);
    ○ Glenn Mahone (Partner, Reed Smith);
    ○ Geovette Washington (Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer, University of Pittsburgh)

  • September 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    How Do I Figure Out What Kind of Law I Want to Practice?

    Speakers:
    ○ Elizabeth Hughes (Assistant Counsel, UPMC)
    ○ Justine Kasznica (Partner, Baer Crossey McDemus LLC).

  • October 19, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Public Service and Public Interest Careers

    Speakers:
    ○ Lourdes Sanchez Ridge (Solicitor and Chief Legal Officer, City of Pittsburgh)
    ○ Bret Grote (Founder and Legal Director, Abolitionist Law Center)
    ○ Rebecca Ross Haywood, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania 

  • November 9, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Working in Private Law Firms: What's the Difference (Personally and Professionally) Between Small, Medium & Large Law Firms?

    Speakers:
    ○ Kimberly Kisner (Managing Member, Kisner Law Firm)
    ○ Stanley Levine (Founding Member and Executive Attorney, Campbell & Levine)
    ○ Bill Price (Partner, Clark Hill Thorp Reed)

Spring 2018 semester

  • January 11, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Lawyers as Leaders

    Speakers:
    ○ The Honorable D. Michael Fisher, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Distinguished Jurist in Residence, University of Pittsburgh School of Law;
    ○ David J. Hickton, Professor of Law, Policy, & Technology; Founding Director, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, & Security; former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

  • February 1, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Location TBA
    Work-Life Balance in the Legal Profession

    Speakers:
    ○ To be announced

  • February 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Location TBA
    Being “the Other” in the Legal Profession: How Attorneys from Diverse and Non-Traditional Backgrounds Survive and Thrive 

    Speakers:
    ○ To be announced

  • March 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Location TBA
    Stress, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health in the Legal Profession: Some Good Advice & Some Cautionary Tales

    Speakers:
    ○ Laurie J. Besden, Esq. (Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.)
    ○ Dr. John D. Massella (Associate Professor and Clinician, Department Chair of the California University of PA Wellness Center)

 

Fall 2016 Semester

Dates Days Event
August 23-26 Tuesday - Friday First-year student orientation
August 29 Monday Fall Semester classes begin
August 29 - September 2 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Fall Semester
September 5 Monday Labor Day (no classes)
November 23-25 Wednesday - Friday Thanksgiving Recess (no classes)
(Univ. Closed Thursday and Friday)
December 6 Tuesday Friday Class Schedule
December 8 Thursday Last Day of Classes;
Thursday Class Schedule
December 12-22 Monday - Thursday Fall Semester Examinations

Spring 2017 Semester

Dates Days Event
January 4-7 Wednesday - Saturday Annual AALS Meeting,
San Francisco, CA
January 9 Monday Spring Semester classes begin
January 9 - 13 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Spring Semester
January 16 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King Day
(no classes)
March 6 - 10 Monday - Friday Spring Recess (no classes)
March 10 Friday Spring Holiday (University closed)
April 24 Monday Last Day of Classes;
Monday Class Schedule
April 27 - May 9 Thursday - Tuesday Spring Semester Examinations
May 12 Friday Law School Graduation

2016-2017 Academic Calendar Download

First Semester

  1. "If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now": Thoughts From Prominent Lawyers on What They Should Have Done and Not Done When They Were in Law School To Prepare For Their Legal Careers--Thursday, Sept. 8 at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom

  2. How Do I Figure Out What Kind of Law I Want to Practice?–Thursday, September 29 at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom

  3. Public Law Careers & “Stepping Stones”: Is This For Me?–Thursday, October 20 at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom

  4. Working in Private Law Firms: What's the Difference (Personally and Professionally) Between Working in Small, Medium & Large Firms?--Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom 

Second Semester

  1. There's More to Being a Lawyer Than Just "the Law": Lawyers As Leaders--Thursday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom

  2. Is It Possible to Be a Super Star Lawyer and Still Have a Personal Life/Family?--Thursday, February 2, at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom

  3. Being “the Other” in Law Practice: What's It Like Being Different From So Many Other Lawyers and Judges & How Should You Handle It?,--Thursday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom

  4. Handling Job Stress Without Becoming a Drug Addict or an Alcoholic: Some Good Advice & Some Cautionary Tales--Thursday, March 16 at 3:30 pm in the Courtroom