Student Professional Development Fund

The Pitt Law Student Professional Development Fund assists Pitt Law's JD students in their search to find employment and supports their participation in professional development opportunities, unique learning experiences, educational programming, and job interviews, that will help students explore their career options.

Students must:

  1. APPLY at least 3 business days BEFORE the event to be considered for reimbursement.

  2. Submit a completed Post-Event Expense Form along with receipts within 10 business days AFTER attending the qualifying event to receive reimbursement.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What can I request funding for?

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law offers professional development funds to qualified JD law students for the purpose of attending professional development events and career fairs.

Is there a limit to the amount of funds I can apply for?

The PDO provides student reimbursement at a maximum of $250 per student per academic year. For academic year 2023-2024, the Student Professional Development Fund will make a total of $5,000 in professional development funds available to students.

What can I be reimbursed for?

You can request funding support for travel expenses including transportation and lodging expenses such as air fare, hotel, ground transportation, gas reimbursement, or mileage reimbursement on a personal vehicle in lieu of gas reimbursement as well as event-related expenses such as registration or enrollment fees.

What kinds of things are NOT reimbursable?

Clothing, Food/Meals, including drinks and groceries, Entertainment/Excursion costs (e.g., city tours), Passport fees, Health insurance, Cell phone, internet, or personal communication bills, and other unallowable expenses.

How do I apply?

1. Apply online by clicking "APPLYat least 3 business days prior to the event.

2. Submit a completed Post-Event Expense Form along with receipts within 10 business days AFTER attending the event.

When should I apply?

Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis during each semester; therefore, students are encouraged to identify and seek reimbursement for professional development events as early as possible and while funds remain available.

Am I able to cost share with other Pitt Law students?

Yes, but please contact the PDO well in advance of applying so that we can ensure that the proper application process is followed and so there is not a delay in receiving your reimbursement. 

Am I able to receive funds in advance of an event?

No. All funding is by post event reimbursement only. There are NO exceptions as this is University protocol.

How long does it take to receive reimbursement funds?

The University’s Payment Processing Department generally takes three to four weeks to process payment.