JD Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. We are excited to provide any assistance that you may need during your application process. While our application deadline is May 1, we encourage all students to apply early. We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning we consider applications in the order in which they are marked complete by the admissions office. Application reviewing begins in November and you should expect 6-8 weeks for a decision to be reached.

Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. If you have questions or would like to request a fee waiver, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at admitlaw@pitt.edu

Review Process 

When evaluating an undergraduate degree, the committee pays careful attention to the strength of the major field of study, as evidenced by the courses listed on the undergraduate transcript. Pitt Law is looking for applicants who have demonstrated the discipline and ability to handle a rigorous and demanding program. The admissions committee carefully evaluates graduate work and professional experience, although utilizes the undergraduate GPA.

Testing Options

We create multiple opportunities for eligible students to apply to law school. We accept the LSAT, GRE, and now the JD-next exam. Learn more about the options available to you.

Personal Documents

As part of your application to Pitt Law, you are required to submit the following documents; a personal statement and a current resume. Students may also opt to submit an optional essay as well.

Application Timeline

  • September 1: Applications Open
  • Early November: First Decisions Sent Out
  • March 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application Deadline
  • April 15: Seat Deposit Deadline
  • May 1: Application Deadline
  • April-August: Waitlisted applicants considered