International Applicants

The University of Pittsburgh has three degrees available to international applicants:

  • Juris Doctor – In the U.S. the Juris Doctor is the entry-level degree required to become a lawyer.

  • Master of Laws (LLM) – Foreign applicants with a law degree may apply for our one-year Masters of Law degree program.

  • Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) – Foreign applicants who have received an LLM degree from a U.S.-credited institution may apply for this intensive research degree.

Pittsburgh is a vibrant community of scholars representing not only the U.S. but many from all across the world. Our location in the city of Pittsburgh coupled with our academic excellence makes our law school a welcoming community for our international students seeking an education with a global perspective.  We greatly value our global population and strive to ensure that the application process is clear and simple- and we are here to help guide you step by step.  

International Student Requirements

  • Pitt Law Admissions Application
  • Official LSAT Score
  • Official copy/copies of college transcript(s)
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Law School Admissions Council’s Credential Assembly Service.
    • Any questions regarding the Credential Assembly Service should be directed to the LSAC by phone at 215-968-1001 or by e-mail at
    • Upon matriculation to the University of Pittsburgh, all students will need to send an official transcript(s) from their undergraduate institution directly to the Pitt Law Office of Admissions, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Barco Law Building, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Room 204, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL score, or IELTS score, Duolingo test results (minimum score 120), or completion of undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. (at the discretion of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid)
  • International Student Forms