Graduation Requirements

A student must successfully complete all of the following to be eligible for graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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.   
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  • Professional Skills
    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.   
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  • 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.  
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  • Foundations of Legal Research (1 credit) 
    Must be taken during the second year. Three sections of this course will be offered each Fall semester.
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  • 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. 
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  • Additional graduation requirements apply for those students whose grade point averages place them in the bottom 15% of their class at the end of their first or second year.  For more information about those requirements, please contact Dean of Students Kevin Deasy at deasy@pitt.edu.
  • Graduation Requirements Checklist
    All students who are applying to graduate must download and complete the Graduation Requirements Checklist. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their records to ensure they have completed all of the graduation requirements. Information that will assist you in completing the checklist is available online. You can locate the information by logging into the Student Portal at my.pitt.edu. Once there, go to Student Services, then to the Student Center, Self-Service and Academic Records. You can view all the courses you have completed as well as your current term registration.
  • University Application for Graduation
    All students must complete the University Application for Graduation found on the University Registrar’s web page. Joint degree students must submit an Application for Graduation to both schools in order to receive the degree from either school.
  • Certificates
    Certificate program students should verify with the Certificate Program Administrator that they have completed the requisites to be awarded the certificate upon graduation.