Center for International Legal Education


The Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at Pitt Law exists to advance legal education and the rule of law, both at the School and throughout the world. Our work includes programs for Pitt Law JD students, LLM, SJD, and Visiting Scholar programs for foreign-trained lawyers and academics, and outreach to the legal profession both at home and abroad.

Our Mission

Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE) advances legal education and the rule of law, both at Pitt Law and throughout the world. CILE:

  • Enhances the education of all Pitt Law students by supporting the study of international and comparative law;
  • Promotes individually tailored opportunities both within and outside the classroom to develop the competencies necessary to thrive in a globalized economy and legal market;
  • Advances the education of lawyers from throughout the world by bringing foreign-trained lawyers to Pitt Law for study and research;
  • Builds the foundations of rule of law in countries in transition by training their future lawyers and statespeople and by supporting programs to strengthen their institutions of law and legal education.

Without lawyers there cannot be rule of law, and without good legal education there cannot be the type of lawyers who will help establish and sustain the rule of law.

Global Study and Internships

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.

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.

Support CILE

Learn how to to make a financial donation in support of the Center for International Legal Education’s programs. Your gift supports exciting scholarship, programmatic, and study abroad opportunities for students and legal practitioners in international law.

Contact CILE

CILE alumni are fascinating and important people. Some have returned to the law school as adjunct faculty or guest lecturers informing and inspiring subsequent students about careers. Others keep in touch by visiting our library, seeking recommendation letters, providing internships for current students, and telling us about themselves. We love to hear about our JD and LL.M. alumni continuing to network with each other after graduation.

News, Events, and Media

CILE seeks to enhance the international nature of the law school by providing programming and publications highlighting the international work of our students, faculty, and guests. CILE also works closely with our partner institutions around the world to provide student and faculty exchange, as well as potential internship and employment placements for our graduates.