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Center for International Legal Education

The Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at Pitt Law exists to advance legal education and the rule of law, both at the School and throughout the world. Our work includes programs for Pitt Law JD students, LLM, SJD, and Visiting Scholar programs for foreign-trained lawyers and academics, and outreach to the legal profession both at home and abroad.

Summer Study with CILE in Italy and Pittsburgh

US Law and Legal English

CILE and Pitt’s English Language Institute co-sponsor a four-week summer program for foreign undergraduates with an interest in US law and the US educational experience, beginning the first Monday after the July 4 holiday. Learn more here.

CLE Summer Opportunity in Vicenza, Italy

CILE co-sponsors the annual Summer School in Transnational Commercial Agreements, Litigation, and Arbitration in Vicenza, Italy.  The Summer School usually takes place in late May or early June, and CILE has obtained approval of past Summer Schools for Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Credit. Read more here.

Our Mission

Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE) advances legal education and the rule of law, both at Pitt Law and throughout the world. CILE:

  • Enhances the education of all Pitt Law students by supporting the study of international and comparative law;
  • Promotes individually tailored opportunities both within and outside the classroom to develop the competencies necessary to thrive in a globalized economy and legal market;
  • Advances the education of lawyers from throughout the world by bringing foreign-trained lawyers to Pitt Law for study and research;
  • Builds the foundations of rule of law in countries in transition by training their future lawyers and statespeople and by supporting programs to strengthen their institutions of law and legal education.

Without lawyers there cannot be rule of law, and without good legal education there cannot be the type of lawyers who will help establish and sustain the rule of law.

To make financial donation in support of the Center for International Legal Education’s programs you can:

  • Use the University’s online form to donate using a credit card.  This online form involves several steps. On its first page you identify yourself and the amount of the donation. On the second page you have the opportunity to direct your gift to the Center for International Legal Education by inserting the Center’s name in the box designated “other.”
  • Send a check (made payable to “University of Pittsburgh”) directly to the CILE office: Room 317A, 3900 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
  • Send a check to the law school’s Development Office designating “Center for International Legal  Education” on your check’s memo line and specifically identifying the program or issue of your choice (LL.M., study abroad, human rights presentations, etc.) in an enclosed note.

Your gift supports exciting scholarship, programmatic, and study abroad opportunities for students and legal practitioners in international law.

CILE alumni are fascinating and important people. Some have returned to the law school as adjunct faculty or guest lecturers informing and inspiring subsequent students about careers. Others keep in touch by visiting our library, seeking recommendation letters, providing internships for current students, and telling us about themselves. We love to hear about our JD and LL.M. alumni continuing to network with each other after graduation.

Center for International Legal Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue  Pittsburgh, PA 15260 
Phone: 001- 412- 648-7023

Ronald A. Brand
Academic Director
Room 319, Barco Law Building
Phone: 412-648-1307

Richard G. Thorpe
Executive Director
Room 317, Barco Law Building
Phone: 412-383-6754

Austin Lebo
Program Administrator
Room 317A, Barco Law Building
Phone: 412-648-7023

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In this Section

  • JD Opportunities

    JD Opportunities

    Explore how CILE can enhance and support your JD curriculum and increase your breadth of knowledge of international legal matters.

  • News, Events and Media

    News, Events and Media

    View the latest news and connect with CILE via events and publications, including CILE Notes.

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    CILE can take you beyond Pittsburgh with exchange programs at the Sorbonne in Paris and in Augsburg, Germany, international internships, and other opportunities.