Admission applications for the Pitt Law JD program will be accepted starting September 1 through our deadline of April 1. Applications are considered only for the current year for the fall semester. We require all applicants submit their applications on-line through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Pitt Law is highly competitive and decisions are based upon many factors.
Once your application is complete, our Admissions Committee will review your application. Once we are able to make a decision, you will be notified by mail within several weeks. You can also verify your application status on-line with a user name and password, which will be sent to you electronically once you apply. We ask for your patience during the admissions cycle as it can become very busy during key times of the year.
- Applicants must submit a $65 application fee
- Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States before the first day of law school.
- In cases where an applicant has completed studies outside the United States, the requirement is education deemed by the University of Pittsburgh to be comparable to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Click here for more information
- 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.
- Applicants are required to register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through LSAC and must take the LSAT. If an applicant takes the LSAT more than one time the highest score is considered by the admissions committee when making a decision. The latest test score that will be considered for all entrance is the score from the previous February examination. Scores from tests taken more than four years prior to the current admissions year will not be considered. More information can be obtained from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
- Need to prepare for the LSAT? In collaboration with LSAC, Khan Academy now offers free LSAT preparation online. Get started.
Beginning with the 2019 Admissions Cycle, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law will accept the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) in lieu of the LSAT for those students who are enrolled in, admitted to, or intend to enroll in another Graduate Program at the University of Pittsburgh (Joint Degree). Eligible students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and must have scored in at least the 85th percentile when they took the GRE.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law will consider GRE scores in addition to LSAT scores for those who wish to have both considered and who have taken both. The GRE in this context acts as a potential positive indicium that the School of Law will consider in connection with an application.
- Applicants who wish to have their GRE considered must instruct Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send Pitt Law all GRE test scores from the mandated five-year period. The University of Pittsburgh School of Law ETS (DI) code is 4311.
- A required personal statement gives the committee a view into the non-academic world of the applicant and serves as the interview. This is critical in our ability to enroll a diverse class. We ask that you keep your personal statement to no more than two pages, typed, double spaced.
- Letters of recommendation play an equally important role in this process as they can reveal the strengths of the academic achievements of the applicant. We recommend three letters, although none are required. Letters should be submitted through the LSAC letter of recommendation service.
- We encourage applicants to submit a Resume, as they highlight for the admissions committee a broader view of your achievements.
- In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
- A matriculated student is required to submit an official trancscript verifying all academic credits undertaken and degree(s) conferred by the first day of class in the 1L year.