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Campus Life

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law: Inside A Vibrant Urban Campus

The Barco Law Building is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh on bustling Forbes Avenue. One of the first things visitors notice about the University of Pittsburgh is how enmeshed campus buildings, residences, landmarks and facilities are with the fabric of this second downtown. In Oakland, the density of businesses, restaurants and shops blur the line between campus and neighborhood in addition to walkability and urban character. Learn more about life in Oakland and Pittsburgh.

Picturesque Location and Access To World Class Institutions

Pitt Law students enjoy a close proximity to numerous well-known Pittsburgh landmarks and locales. The 535 foot tall Cathedral of Learning is one block down Forbes Avenue along with Schenley Plaza, Schenley Park, the William Pitt Union and the Carnegie Public Library, Music Hall and Museums. Explore the links to the left to get a better sense of Pitt Law's surroundings. It's one thing to describe what Pittsburgh and Pitt Law's location have to offer, but most students tell us it was their first campus visit that made them choose Pitt Law. Additional information on what makes Pittsburgh a vibrant city can be found at the University of Pittsburgh's website, Cool Pittsburgh.

Economic Revitalization and an Epicenter for Law

The Steel City’s emergence as an economic and cultural powerhouse is not going unnoticed. A combination of safety, low cost of living, cultural institutions and natural beauty make Pittsburgh a great place to call home. It’s a city with a strong legal presence with major law firms like K&L Gates and Reed Smith (11th and 16th largest law firms in the world, respectively) both headquartered right here in Pittsburgh.

A recent report from the National Law Journal Go-To Law Schools ranked Pitt Law in the top third of U.S. law schools with 8.1% of its 2012 graduates hired by the largest 250 law firms, and third in Pennsylvania. A recent nationwide study of the top 100 largest US firms by Loyola Los Angeles ranked Pitt Law 39th in producing the most firm partners.

But it’s not just big law that beckons students. Pitt Law’s global relationships can take you far. Explore our Office of Professional Career Development to get a sense of where Pitt Law grads go.

Ready to Apply?

Students are encouraged to travel to Pittsburgh to see Pitt Law and the city itself. Start planning your visit today. If you are ready to begin your journey and apply to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, prospective students can apply online.