Specialized Areas of Study

Certificates and Areas of Concentration for JD Students

One way to prepare for law practice in a society facing information overload and increasingly complex legal issues is to concentrate your academic study in a particular field of law. Pitt Law students who choose this route have the advantage of pursuing any of seven different specialized areas of study, each of which offers students the opportunity to take sharply-focused courses leading to a designation on the transcript verifying completion of a concentrated course of study.

Certificates for Non-Law Students

Please note that these programs may require that you complete an internship, externship, or other field work at a facility or facilities external to the University and that such facility or facilities may require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate.

Register for the Certificate Program or Area of Specialization

You may formally concentrate your studies in any of the designated fields of law.  The completion of the certificate/area of concentration is noted on your university transcript.  Please review requirements carefully before choosing to enroll in a certificate program or area of concentration, as several of the programs require you to enroll in certain courses in a specific semester of a specific year, or have other requirements that may constrain your course selection.  For more information, please visit the Certificate Program/Area of Concentration Registration page.