LLM Program

A degree designed for your needs

Pitt Law’s LLM program provides lawyers who have completed their law degree outside the United States with an opportunity to study the common law legal tradition and the U.S. legal system in the United States. You can build the degree you want from a wide range of electives. Take a broad survey of US law, or focus on a particular field of law.  At CILE, we offer:

  • Personalized support: We provide each student with individualized advice and support. 
  • Full integration with the JD student body: Other than two required LLM-only classes, you will take all of your coursework in the same classes and seminars as our U.S. JD students.
  • World-class instruction: Our faculty are a close-knit community of intelligent and energetic scholars who are at the forefront of domestic and international legal research and scholarship.
  • Moot competitions: Try out for our LLM commercial arbitration team, which in March 2016 bested LLM teams from across the US, including American, Georgetown and Penn, to win the LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Washington, DC.
  • Internship opportunities: CILE works with LLM students who wish to stay in Pittsburgh for the summer after graduation and intern at a law firm or other organization. We work with each student to assist them in finding an internship provider that best suits his or her field of interest.
  • Extracurricular fun!  Among other events, we take our students on a fall trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Ohiopyle.  In the spring, we visit Washington D.C.

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Pitt Law’s LLM program welcomes applications from foreign-trained lawyers who are seeking to expand their knowledge of the U.S. legal system through a year of study in our dynamic community of students and scholars. We seek students whose record shows their ability to thrive in a demanding, competitive academic atmosphere.

Course Options

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits to graduate. The program is completed in one academic year from August to May. Part-time admission is considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about theLLM degree requirements.

Tuition and Expenses

Pittsburgh is regularly ranked as one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the United States, and Pitt Law's tuition and fees have historically compared favorably to many competing programs. Pitt Law's combination of world-class faculty talent, small class size and dedicated staff support make our program a real value.

Bar Admissions

The bars of several states allow foreign-trained lawyers who complete an LLM degree to sit for their bar examinations and seek admission to legal practice. At present, most Pitt Law LLMs who wish to sit for a US state bar sit for the New York bar examination. LLM graduates who practiced in their home countries for at least 5 of the preceding 8 years may seek to sit for the Pennsylvania bar examination. CILE staff can advise you on which courses of study during your LLM would be best suited to preparation for one of these exams.