Center for International Legal Education

CILE 25th Anniversary: Looking Back for Hope Going Forward

Join CILE for a year of virtual events to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. We want to use this occasion to look back and recognize all of the people who have made the success of the Center possible, including alumni, advisory board members, and other partners.

Celebrate with Us

Advancing the Rule of Law Through a Personalized Approach to Learning

CILE is home to the LLM and SJD programs at Pitt Law.  Each year we invite a small number of select international students to study US Law and gain cross-cultural experience.  Students have the opportunity to craft a unique course of study based on their legal interests, while studying alongside their American JD counterparts.

For JD students, CILE facilitates the International Comparative Law Certificate, sponsors various moot court competitions, supports the International Law Society, and helps students gain study abroad experience, internships and scholarships.

JD Opportunities

The Center for International Legal Education offers an excellent selection of opportunities for JD students to learn about and practice using foreign, comparative, and international law. The world of law is increasingly globalized; every area of law practice applies foreign and international legal resources.

LLM Program

Pitt Law's LLM program welcomes applications from foreign-trained lawyers who are seeking to expand their knowledge of the US legal system through a year of study in our dynamic community of students and scholars. We seek students whose record shows their ability to thrive in a demanding, competitive academic atmosophere.

SJD Program

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is the Law School's most advanced degree, which is designed for legal academics who wish to pursue advanced independent study, research and writing. The Law School's SJD program offers candidates the opportunity to become active members of a vibrant legal community.

Visiting Scholars

The International Visiting Scholar Program welcomes academic visitors from around the world. The program is designed to give established legal scholars as well as those just beginning their scholarly careers access to the Law School's academic resources for the completion of a specific academic research project. 

Study Abroad

Immersion in the language, culture, legal system and legal education system of another country through study abroad can substantially enhance your understanding of the law and the global environment in which it is created and applied.


Foreign internships provide excellent international law work experience, incomparable networking opporitunities, and immersion in new legal culture. 


Moot Court Experience

Pitt Law students have consistently excelled in international moot court competitions, with the guidance and support of CILE. Students are entitled to receive course credit for participation in any of these moots. That credit(s) will count towards the elective requirements in the International and Comparative Law Certificate Program.


Fund your global training from a multitude of fellowships, internal and external scholarships, and competitions.