Academic Calendar

Please check back often as dates will be added.

Note: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Alcoa Room will be held for Faculty Enrichment, with specific programs to be announced.

Fall 2019 Semester

Dates Days Event
August 20-23 Tuesday-Friday First-year student orientation
August 26 Monday Fall Semester classes begin
August 26-30 Monday-Friday Final Add/Drop for Fall Semester
September 2 Monday Labor Day (no classes)
September 5 Thursday Faculty Meeting (Lunch Served)
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
September 12 Thursday Tenured Faculty Meeting (Lunch Served)
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
September 17 Tuesday Constitution Day Program
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
September 19 Thursday Pitt Law Academy
3:30 PM, Courtroom
September 26 Thursday Faculty Workshop (Lunch Served)
12:30 PM, Alcoa Room
October 1 Tuesday Joint Degree Informational Session
12:30 pm (Various Rooms)
October 3 Thursday Faculty Meeting (Lunch Served)
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
October 3-5 Thursday-Saturday AALS Recruitment Conference
Washington, DC
October 8 Tuesday Faculty Workshop (Lunch Served)
Joshua Galperin
12:30 PM, Alcoa Room
October 16 Wednesday Alumni Mentoring Program Reception
5:30 PM, First Floor Lobby
October 17 Thursday Pitt Law Academy
3:30 PM, Courtroom
October 25-26 Friday-Saturday Pitt Law Alumni Reunion Weekend
Time/Location of Events TBD
October 25 – November 8 Friday – Friday Spring Term Enrollment appointments
October 28 Monday Board of Visitors Meeting
November 5 Tuesday Nordenberg Lecture
12:30 PM, Courtroom
November 7 Thursday Faculty Meeting (Lunch Served)
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
November 9 Saturday Spring Term Open Enrollment Begin
November 14 Thursday Annual Judicial Government and 
Public Interest Law Reception
5 PM, Power Center Ballroom
Duquesne University
November 21 Thursday Pitt Law Academy
3:30 PM, Courtroom
November 25-26 Monday-Tuesday University fall break (through Friday)
Law School classes in session
November 27-29 Wednesday-Friday Thanksgiving Recess (no classes)
December 3 Tuesday Friday Class Schedule
December 5 Thursday Last Day of Classes

Faculty Meeting (Lunch Served)
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
December 9-19 Monday-Thursday Fall Semester Examinations
December 10 Tuesday Faculty Appointments Meeting
11 AM – 3 PM, Alcoa Room
(Lunch Served)

2019-2020 Academic Calendar Download

View Pitt Law Calendars on the University Calendars (work in progress)

This is the schedule for the 2019-20 year.

Fall 2019 Semester

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Thoughts from Prominent Lawyers on What They Should Have Done (and Not Done) when They Were in Law School to Prepare for Their Careers

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Legislation and Regulation

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Diversity and Empathy: Working with Clients, Fellow Lawyers, and Others from Different Backgrounds and Culture

Spring 2020 Semester

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Torts and Contracts

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Legal Analysis & Writing

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Law School and the Legal Profession: Good Advice and Cautionary Tales

 

Fall 2018 Semester

Note: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Alcoa Room will be held for Faculty Enrichment, with specific programs to be announced.

Dates Days Event
August 21-24 Tuesday - Friday First-year student orientation
August 27 Monday Fall Semester classes begin
August 27-31 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Fall Semester
September 3 Monday Labor Day (no classes)
September 6 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room

Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Room 107
September 11 Tuesday Faculty Workshop
Speaker: Erin Sheley
Commenter: Vivian Curran
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
September 13 Thursday Tenured Faculty Meeting
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
September 17 Monday Constitution Day Program
September 20 Thursday Faculty Workshop
Speaker: Alfred Yen, Boston College
Commenter: Pat Chew
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room

Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Courtroom
September 25 Tuesday Learn, Eat, Chat: Dean Wildermuth's Environmental Law Career
12:30 p.m., Room 107
September 27 Thursday Distinguished Presentation, Janet Bell
4 PM, Courtroom

Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30p.m.
October 4 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room

McLean Lecture
Peter Trooboff, Covington & Burling
5:30 p.m., Courtroom and Alcoa Room
October 5-6 Friday-Saturday Pitt Law Alumni Reunion Weekend
Alumni Reunion Reception
Distinguished Alumni Dinner & Reunion
(All Friday)
5 - 9 p.m., Location TBD
October 11-13 Thursday-Saturday AALS Recruitment Conference
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.
October 15 Monday Classes in session
No Fall Break
October 18 Thursday Faculty Workshop
Speaker: Ben Johnson, Penn State
Commenter: Amy Wildermuth
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room

Joint Degree Informational Session
12:30 p.m. (Various Rooms)

Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
October 19 Friday Mentoring Day
October 23 Tuesday Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30p.m.
October 25 Thursday Provost's Inaugural Lecture
Prof. David Harris
4 p.m.
October 26 - November 9 Friday - Friday Spring Term Enrollment appointments
October 30 Tuesday Nordenberg Lecture
Jeannie Suk Gersen, Harvard Law School
12:30 p.m., Courtroom
November 1 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
November 8 Thursday Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Courtroom
November 10 Saturday Spring Term Open Enrollment Begins
November 13 Tuesday Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30p.m.
November 15 Thursday Faculty Workshop
Speaker: Russell Pearce, Fordham Law School
Commenter: Jessie Allen
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
November 21-23 Wednesday - Friday Thanksgiving Recess (no classes)
(Univ. Closed Thursday and Friday)
November 29 - December 10 Thursday - Monday Final exams due to be submitted seven working days before exam date
December 4 Tuesday Friday Class Schedule
December 6 Thursday Last Day of Classes
December 7 Friday Faculty Appointments Meeting
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Alcoa Room
December 10-20 Monday - Thursday Fall Semester Examinations
December 11 Tuesday Junior Faculty Meeting
1p.m.

Spring 2019 Semester

Note: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Alcoa Room will be held for Faculty Enrichment, with specific programs to be announced.

Dates Days Event
January 2 Wednesday Grades due for December 2018 graduates 10 a.m., Registrar's Office
January 2-6 Wednesday - Sunday Annual AALS Meeting, New Orleans, LA
January 7 Monday Frist day of Spring Semester Classes

Grades due for courses in which all graded work was completed before the exam period and in which exams were given Dec. 10-14
5 PM, Registrar’s Office
January 7-11 Monday - Friday Final Wee of Add/Drop for Spring Semester
January 10 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room

Grades due for paper courses and courses in which exams were given December 17-20, and those with self-scheduled take-home exams 5 PM, Registrar’s Office
January 17 Thursday Faculty Workshop
Speaker: William Moon, University of Maryland
Commenter: Doug Branson
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room

Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Courtroom
January 21 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King Day
(no classes)
University closed
January 24 Thursday Tenured Professors Meeting
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
January 28 Monday Rubash Lecture
Valarie Kinloch, Dean
Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Education
12 p.m., Alcoa Room
January 31 Thursday Faculty Book Event
Professor Anthony Infanti
“Our Selfish Tax Laws”
4:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
February 5 Tuesday Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30p.m.
February 7 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room

Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Courtroom
February 11 Monday Lawyering for Social Change Lecture
Martha Chamallas, Robert J. Lynn Chair
in Law, Ohio State University
5 PM, Courtroom
February 18 Monday Faculty Book Event
Professor Anthony Infanti
“Our Selfish Tax Laws”
4:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
February 21 Thursday Pitt Law Academy 
3:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
February 26 Tuesday Faculty Scholarship Lunch & Learn: Prof. Michael Madison
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
February 26 - 27 Tuesday - Wednesday Bar Exam
Convention Center
February 28 Thursday Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30p.m.
March 5 Tuesday ELPI Conference
12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Courtroom
March 6 Wednesday Faculty Book Event
Linda Tashbook
“Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law”
4:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
March 7 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12 p.m.m, Alcoa Room

Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Courtroom
March 11-15 Monday - Friday Spring Recess (no classes)
March 15 Friday Spring Holiday
University closed
March 19 Tuesday Curricular Planning Workshop Events for First-year students
12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Courtroom

Faculty Workshop
Speaker: Michael Selmi, GW Law School
Commenter: Deborah Brake
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
March 20 - 22 Wednesday - Friday Mentoring Days
March 21 - 23 Thursday - Saturday CISG Conference, Courtroom
March 21 Thursday OPCD's Preparing for the 2L Job Search
12:30 p.m., Courtroom
March 22 - April 5 Friday - Friday Fall Term Enrollment appointments
March 26 Tuesday Faculty Workshop
Speaker: Waverly Duck
Commenter: Lu-in Wang
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
March 28 Thursday Meeting of Tenured and Non-Tenure Stream Full and Associate Professors
(Renewal Meeting)
12 p.m., Alcoa Room

Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m, Courtroom
March 29 Friday Admissions Open House

Annual Mon River Tri-School Colloquium
Time/Location TBD
April 1 Monday 26th Annual McLean Lecture
5:15 p.m., Courtroom
April 2 Tuesday Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30 p.m.
April 4 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12 p.m., Alcoa Room
April 6 Saturday Fall Open Enrollment begins
April 9 Tuesday Election of Steering and Budget Committees
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
April 16 - 25 Tuesday - Thursday Final exams due to be submitted seven working days before exam date
April 16 Tuesday 3L Tech Exit Session
12:30  p.m., Courtroom
April 18 Thursday Soup's On
12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Alcoa Room
April 22 Monday Last Day of Classes AND
Monday Class Schedule
April 23 Tuesday Faculty Brown Bag Lunch
Book Publishing
12:30-1:30 PM, Alcoa Room
April 25 - May 7 Thursday - Tuesday Spring Semester Examinations
April 30 Tuesday Faculty Workshop
Speaker: Nina Mendelson, University of Michigan
Commenter: Grant MacIntyre
May 2 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12 p.m., Alcoa Room
May 7 Tuesday Junior Faculty Meeting
4p.m.
May 8 Wednesday 2019 Graduates Luncheon
11 a.m., O'Hara Student Center Ballroom
May 10 Friday Law School Graduation, 3 p.m.
May 13 Monday Grades due for May graduates, and for courses in which all graded work was completed before the exam period, and in which exams were given April 25 - May 2
5  p.m., Registrar's Office
May 17 Friday Grades due for paper courses and courses in which exams were given May 3 - May 7, and those with self-scheduled take-home exams
5  p.m., Registrar's Office
July 30-31 Tuesday - Wednesday Bar Exam
Convention Center

2018-2019 Academic Calendar Download

Pitt Law Academy will be held on the following dates. Programmatic details for each Pitt Law Academy will be amended when available.

Fall 2018 semester

  • September 6, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Room 107
    If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Thoughts from Prominent Lawyers on What They Should Have Done (and Not Done) when They Were in Law School

    Speakers:
    - Jeanne Marie Marquette, Partner, Olds Russ Marquette & Peace LLC
    - Hon. Hugh Fitzpatrick McGough, Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
    - Tony J. Thompson, Partner, Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP

  • September 20, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Legislation and Regulation

    Speakers:
    - Vanessa N. Griffith, Staff Attorney, Western PA Justice at Work
    - Bryan Marco, Deputy Counsel, New Jersey Legislature, Office of Legislative Services
    - Laura Mullen, Senior Attorney, Argo AI
    - Endia J. Vereen, Associate, Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.

  • October 18, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Stress, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse in Law School and the Legal Profession: Good Advice and Cautionary Tales

    Speakers:
    - Laurie J. Besden, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.
    - Iru Brodie-Mends, LCSW, Interim Clinical Director and Senior Staff Counselor, University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center

  • November 8, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Practicing and Promoting Civility: The Role of Lawyers and the Legal Profession

    Speakers:
    - Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    - Edwin L. Edwards Jr., Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP
    - Colleen Ramage Johnston, Founding Member, Johnston Lykos

Spring 2019 semester

  • January 17, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Torts and Criminal Law

    Speakers:
    Katie M. Charlton, District Attorney, Armstrong County
    Jennifer L. Webster, Attorney, SPK, Swensen Perer Law Firm
    Jason E. Hazlewood, Partner, Reed Smith
    Frank Walker, Frank Walker Law

  • February 7, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Empathy and Diversity: Working with Clients and Others from Different Backgrounds and Cultures​ 

    Speakers:
    Stefan Dann, Associate, Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC
    Noah R. Jordan, Associate, Rothman Gordon
    Shanicka L. Kennedy, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania
    Charles T. Kotuby, Jr., Partner, Jones Day
    Summer Lee, Representative, 34th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

  • February 21, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Contracts and Property

    Speakers:
    Erin McCurdy, Associate General Counsel, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
    Kevin L. Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Legal Sifter
    Kevin Quisenberry, Staff Attorney, Community Justice Project
    Richard T. Ting, Partner, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP

  • March 7, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure

    Speakers:

    Jennifer R. Andrade, Assistant United States Attorney and Chief, Civil Division, Western District of Pennsylvania
    Margaret S. Coleman, Attorney, Law Offices of Timothy P. O’Brien
    Kezia O. L. Taylor, Assistant City Solicitor, Department of Law, City of Pittsburgh

  • March 28, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Legal Analysis & Writing

    Speakers:
    - Amanda R. Gerstnecker, Corporate Attorney, Cohen & Grigsby
    - Stephen R. Kaufman, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania
    - Marie I. Rivera-Johnson, Director, Labor & Employment Group, Cohen & Grigsby