University of Pittsburgh

Classroom Contact Hours

The American Bar Association Standards for Approval of Law Schools require that at least 65 credits “shall be [earned] in attendance in regularly scheduled class sessions” at a law school. Credits earned for work done outside the law school classroom — whether as independent studies, field work (associated with clinics, practicum courses or externships), activities for credit (e.g., law review, moot court), or approved graduate-level, law-related course work taken at another school within the University (even as part of a joint-degree program or certificate program) — will count toward the 88 credits required for graduation, but will not count toward this 65 credit requirement.


For most courses, the number of classroom contact hours equals the total number of credits awarded.  For some courses, however – in particular, clinics, seminars, and practicum courses – the number of classroom contact hours is fewer than the total number of credits awarded.  Information regarding classroom contact hours is provided with the section-specific information for each course offering.  

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