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 Master’s Degree program.

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

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is a vibrant community of scholars representing not only the United States but many other areas of the globe.  With students, faculty, and staff members from all across the world, Pitt Law is a welcoming community where students of all backgrounds thrive as they learn to navigate the law.  Our location in the city of Pittsburgh coupled with our academic excellence makes Pitt Law a perfect match for our international students seeking an education with a global perspective.

Pitt Law recognizes that there are several "types" of international students, each with unique circumstances that can affect the admissions process.  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.

With alumni in all fifty states and over thirty-five foreign countries, our students continue to make huge strides in the legal field all across the world.  Our dedication to guiding applicants through the admissions process and the success of every student that enters this thriving legal community is beyond compare.  We encourage you to apply on-line and to contemplate the possibilities Pitt Law can offer you!  We look forward to welcoming you to our diverse community of legal scholars.

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 Pitt Law Office of Admissions at:
      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 United States (at the discretion of the office of admissions)
  • International Student Forms