Master of Laws (LLM) for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree provides foreign law graduates with critical training in the common law legal tradition and the U.S. legal system during an academic year at the University of Pittsburgh, located in Pittsburgh's vibrant Oakland neighborhood.

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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.

Program Overview

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

Students and Alumni

Our LLM students come to us from a wide variety of countries, cultures, and educational and work experiences. Some join us straight from their legal education in their home countries, while others arrive at Pitt Law after years of professional experience. All are drawn to us by the opportunity to build their knowledge of US law and the common law legal system in our tightknit community of world-class scholars and students.

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.

LLMs and 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.


In their own words...

[Pitt] provided me with a personalized legal education and an invaluable internship, enhanced my legal knowledge and life experience, and worked hard to reach out to me and others in my home country.

- Shafeek Jamous (LLM '11)

The American philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey said: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” And my year in Pitt Law was life.

- Zana Berisha (LLM '10)