Prior to beginning law school, law firms are one of the most common places students think about practicing law is in the private sector, in a law firm setting. From solo to mid-size and national/international law firms, practice can vary from litigiation to transactional and civil and criminal law.
Judicial clerkships are among the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities available to recent graduates. Usually lasting one to two years, a judicial clerkship is an excellent way to bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law.
Government/Public Interest Careers
Pitt Law has an excellent record of placing students and graduates in judicial clerkships and fellowships that will prepare them for a successful legal career in government and public interest. The PDO ensures that students and alumni are well equipped to make an immediate impact on the communities and clients they serve.
Pitt Law students and alumni frequently work in JD Advantage positions which leverage their legal education, but do not require formal bar admission. JD Advantage roles exist in both the private and public sectors, as employers in emerging and traditional fields seek talent who possess the unique foundational skills associated with a law degree. The PDO counsels students and alumni in all aspects of the non-traditional job search, via group presentations/programs, individual meetings, and specifically developed materials.