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The University of Pittsburgh Law Building is currently undergoing major renovations. Access to the building and law library is restricted until July. Please email plas@pitt.edu or call (412) 648-1490 if you need assistance.

Topics for Master Classes and Informational Videos

Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil Rights
  • Complex Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal
  • Cyber Security/Data Protection & Privacy Law
  • E-Discovery
  • Education
  • Elder Law
  • Emerging Legal Careers (Legal Operations, Compliance/ Risk, Blockchain, Tech, etc.)
  • Environmental
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration
  • International Law
  • IP Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Mediation/ADR
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury 
  • Real Estate/Transactional
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Tax Law
  • Wills & Estates

Practice Settings: Unique Considerations for Career Pathways

  • Government Practice
  • JD Advantage – The JD Preferred
  • Judicial Clerkships
  • Law Firms (small, mid-sized, and large) 
  • Public Interest
  • Rural Practice
  • Solo Practice
  • International Practice

Professional Development and Leadership

  • Emphasis on the Shultz-Zedeck 26 lawyering effectiveness factors
  • The career management, business development and professional skills that all attorneys need to advance deep into their careers
  • Efficient Work Habits for Success: Soft skills as well as Tips/Techniques
  • Unique considerations for diverse lawyers 

Technical Lawyering Skills

  • Litigation skills
  • The art of legal writing 
  • Drafting effective discovery, including e-discovery
  • Drafting contracts
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Arguing motions
  • Preparing for trial
  • Developing business

Networking

  • Value
  • Myths/Misnomers
  • Beyond the traditional event/reception models
  • Using technology effectively
  • Networking outside of targeted market

Financial

  • The business of law
  • Importance of literacy in finance
  • Understanding and preparing for numbers/math in law

Transactional skills – Unique considerations

Wellness and Stress Management

  • General tips and tricks
  • Recognizing and managing secondary trauma in practice 
  • Work/Life balance 

Value of Mentorship/Apprenticeship

  • Identifying mentors
  • Leveraging a mentor relationship
  • Securing an apprenticeship