Academic Calendar

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 Spring Semester classes begin
January 7-11 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Spring Semester
January 10 Thursday Faculty Meeting
12:00 Noon, Alcoa Room
January 17 Thursday Pitt Law Academy
3:30 p.m., Courtroom

Faculty Workshop
Speaker: William Moon, University of Maryland
Commenter: Doug Branson
12:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
January 21 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King Day
(no classes)
January 24 Thursday Tenured Professors Meeting
12:30 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 21 Thursday Pitt Law Academy 
3:30 p.m., Alcoa Room
February 26 Tuesday ELPI Conference
12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Courtroom
February 26 - 27 Tuesday - Wednesday Bar Exam
Convention Center
February 28 Thursday Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30p.m.
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 Friday Admissions Open House
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 Annual Mon River Tri-School Colloquium
Time/Location TBD
April 2 Tuesday Junior Faculty Meeting
12:30p.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 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, 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

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

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

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

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

 

Fall 2017 Semester

Dates Days Event
August 22-25 Tuesday - Friday First-year student orientation
August 28 Monday Fall Semester classes begin
August 28 - September 1 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Fall Semester
September 4 Monday Labor Day (no classes)
November 22-24 Wednesday - Friday Thanksgiving Recess (no classes)
(Univ. Closed Thursday and Friday)
December 5 Tuesday Friday Class Schedule
December 7 Thursday Last Day of Classes
December 11-21 Monday - Thursday Fall Semester Examinations

Spring 2018 Semester

Dates Days Event
January 3-6 Wednesday - Saturday Annual AALS Meeting,
San Diego, CA
January 8 Monday Spring Semester classes begin
January 8 - 12 Monday - Friday Final Add/Drop for Spring Semester
January 15 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King Day
(no classes)
March 5 - 9 Monday - Friday Spring Recess (no classes)
March 9 Friday Spring Holiday (University closed)
April 23 Monday Last Day of Classes;
Monday Class Schedule
April 26 - May 8 Thursday - Tuesday Spring Semester Examinations
May 11 Friday Law School Graduation

2017-2018 Academic Calendar Download

This is the schedule for the 2017-18 year. For the current academic year, please see the second tab on this page.

Fall 2017 semester

  • September 7, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    If I Only 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 Legal Careers

    Speakers:
    ○ Hal Coffey (President, Allegheny County Bar Association; attorney, Blumling & Gusky, LLP);
    ○ Glenn Mahone (Partner, Reed Smith);
    ○ Geovette Washington (Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer, University of Pittsburgh)

  • September 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    How Do I Figure Out What Kind of Law I Want to Practice?

    Speakers:
    ○ Elizabeth Hughes (Assistant Counsel, UPMC)
    ○ Justine Kasznica (Partner, Baer Crossey McDemus LLC).

  • October 19, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Public Service and Public Interest Careers

    Speakers:
    ○ Lourdes Sanchez Ridge (Solicitor and Chief Legal Officer, City of Pittsburgh)
    ○ Bret Grote (Founder and Legal Director, Abolitionist Law Center)
    ○ Rebecca Ross Haywood, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania 

  • November 9, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Working in Private Law Firms: What's the Difference (Personally and Professionally) Between Small, Medium & Large Law Firms?

    Speakers:
    ○ Kimberly Kisner (Managing Member, Kisner Law Firm)
    ○ Stanley Levine (Founding Member and Executive Attorney, Campbell & Levine)
    ○ Bill Price (Partner, Clark Hill Thorp Reed)

Spring 2018 semester

  • January 11, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Lawyers as Leaders

    Speakers:
    ○ The Honorable D. Michael Fisher, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Distinguished Jurist in Residence, University of Pittsburgh School of Law;
    ○ David J. Hickton, Professor of Law, Policy, & Technology; Founding Director, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, & Security; former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

  • February 1, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Work-Life Balance in the Legal Profession

    Speakers:
    ○ Matthew Feinman (Founder, Law Offices of Matthew S. Feinman)
    ○ Bruce Fox (Partner, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell, & Hippel)
    ○ Laura Mullen, Esq. (Associate, Leech Tishman)
     

  • February 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Being “the Other” in the Legal Profession: How Attorneys from Diverse and Non-Traditional Backgrounds Survive and Thrive 

    Speakers:
    ○ Blair Douglas, Esq. (Administrator, University of Pittsburgh Physician Scientist Training Program)
    ○ Alka A. Patel, JD, MBA (Deputy Director, Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, Carnegie Mellon University)
    ○ Gerald “Robbie” Robinson III, Esq. (EQT Corporation)

  • March 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Stress, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health in the Legal Profession: Some Good Advice & Some Cautionary Tales

    Speakers:
    ○ Laurie J. Besden, Esq. (Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.)
    ○ Dr. John D. Massella (Associate Professor and Clinician, Department Chair of the California University of PA Wellness Center)