Letter to Current Students from Dean Carter
I hope that your summer so far has been productive and enjoyable. The faculty and staff are preparing for your return, and we are all looking forward to another great year.
I continue to be impressed by the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff, and alumni. The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is a dynamic and excellent place, and I look forward to continuing to advance the Law School and to work with you to advance your individual career and personal aspirations.
What’s new at the School of Law over the summer? Our Director of Professional and Career Development continues her efforts to expand and improve the operations and programming of the PDO, with the goal of providing you with increased support and career opportunities. I encourage you to take full advantage of all the programming and opportunities that the Office of Professional and Career Development provides throughout the academic year. Additionally, I have continued to personally meet with and reach out to numerous employers in the Pittsburgh region and around the country, in order to share with them the many ways in which Pitt Law students are prepared and eager to begin their professional careers.
We have for the first time implemented a new intensive Bar Exam Success Initiative, which I and several faculty members designed and taught this summer. We are also continuing to make significant progress in our Energy Law programming, having added several new courses, formed the Pitt Law Energy Law Advisory Board (comprised of members of prominent law firms, businesses, and non-profits), and hosted our inaugural Energy Law & Policy Institute in downtown Pittsburgh in August 2013. We also continue to advance in the area of public interest and public service by adding new post-graduate awards for students working in these fields, continuing to grow our Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and securing major contributions toward our Derrick A. Bell Fund, established in honor of Professor Bell (a Pitt Law alumnus) to encourage students to work in social justice and access to justice. In addition, we established a clinical exchange program with the College of Law & Business in Israel as part of a new exploratory partnership (I also taught a one-week intensive course in Comparative Constitutional Law there in June). Notably, Pitt Law is one of the very few American law schools, including Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, to have such a partnership with this Israeli law school.
Our faculty has maintained their sustained commitment to teaching over the summer, with several faculty members preparing to teach new and exciting courses. They have also continued to publish influential legal scholarship that has a positive impact on the law and the legal profession, which increases the Law School’s visibility and reputation. Moreover, we continue our work in reassessing our curriculum to ensure that we adapt to the evolving practice of law.
The Law School feels empty without you all being here: I’m looking forward to your return next week. We’ll see you soon.
William M. Carter, Jr., Dean