Programs for Non-Lawyers
Pitt Law's Master of Studies in Law Degree (MSL) provides education about law to people who use law -- or will use law -- in their careers and who want to learn more about legal studies, but who do not want to become lawyers. This advanced degree is designed for graduates and mid-career professionals seeking to enhance their careers with a versatile alternative to the traditional three-year Juris Doctor degree. The MSL degree can be earned in one academic year (August to May) full-time or two to four years in a flexible part-time schedule.
Health Care Compliance Online at Pitt Law is a fully online, accelerated 10-month graduate certificate program designed for working professionals. This program has been developed by working with experts in compliance, law, and online education. The program's advanced, accelerated program will support students as they take on more strategic compliance roles in their careers.
Health Resources Online at Pitt Law is a fully online, accelerated 40-week graduate certificate program designed for working professionals. This program has been developed by law professors and practicing lawyers whose specialties are in various aspects of human resources working with experts in online education. The program provides enrollees to learn the relevant law, practical applications of law to human resource situations, and best practices to advance their careers.
Students who successfully complete a Pitt Law Online Certificate—in Health Care Compliance Online or Human Resources Law Online—may apply the 15 credits earned in the online program to the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree. This option allows students to earn both the certificate and the MSL in 30 credit hours, at an accelerated rate, and with reduced tuition costs. Pitt Law offers a multitude of advanced degrees and certifications for non-lawyers who seek an alternative to the traditional three-year Juris Doctor. These programs are designed for graduates and professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge and understanding of legal systems and how they interact with their studies or professional field.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law created a Certificate in Disability Legal Studies Program. This program is available to both students enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in a non-School of Law graduate program and candidates with an earned Master's degree.