Academic Support

Pitt Law offers a variety of academic support services to enhance your educational experience. 

Dean of Students

The dean of students supports students with academic assistance, counseling, bar examination prep, involvement in student organizations, and more. Learn more about the Office of the Dean of Students and how you may take advantage of these opportunities. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in room 315 of Barco Law Building.

Associate Dean of Students Kevin Deasy is available to students and law school organizations for a wide variety of services, including:

  • Academic assistance to enhance exam writing and study skills
  • Individual assistance to improve basic writing skills
  • General counseling and support
  • Accommodations for students with disabilities, working in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Disability Resources and Services
  • Preparation for the bar exam, working in conjunction with Rob Wible, Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services
  • Assistance and support to student organizations
  • Information and guidance regarding externship opportunities

Kevin Deasy
Associate Dean of Students
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Ave., Rm. 315
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-5642    
Fax: 412-648-2648

    Student Mentor

    Each incoming student is matched with a faculty mentor with expertise in an area in which the student has expressed interest. Workshops and information sessions provide opportunities to learn about the experiences of practicing lawyers.

    Pitt Law full-time faculty members serve as faculty mentors, counseling students on planning their academic and professional careers. Each incoming student is matched with a faculty mentor with expertise in an area in which the student has expressed interest.

    Curricular planning workshops in the spring offer first-year students information and advice on mapping their upper-level courses and activities, the opportunity to learn about the paths and experiences of practicing lawyers in several practice areas and settings, and an informal setting for meeting full-time and adjunct faculty teaching in their areas of interest.

    Several information sessions and workshops throughout the year introduce students to the academic programs and opportunities available at Pitt Law, including joint degree programs, certificate programs, externships (both local and international), clinical programs, and more.

    Bar Exam Preparation

    Find information about bar exams and bar admissions to prepare to become a licensed lawyer. Learn about taking the bar exam in Pittsburgh and about the resources the law school provides. See bar exam preparation.

    Writing Center

    In a one-to-one setting, the Writing Center will help native and nonnative speakers of English identify and eliminate weaknesses in their writing so that their writing will be clear, coherent and strong.  Patricia Wysor works with students at all points in the writing process: organizing their thoughts, writing an outline, writing a first draft and writing a revision.  No matter how convoluted or obtuse a student’s writing may be, it can be untangled, ordered and made to be coherent and clear.  In the process of closely examining the mechanics of their writing, students have to reexamine and refine their ideas, and it is at this point that their writing really improves.

    Patricia has helped many students learn to improve their writing for classes, seminars, journals and independent study projects.  She also helps students improve the resumes, cover letters and writing samples that they will be sending to prospective employers.  A student does not have to complete a writing assignment before coming to see her.  In fact, it is often better for students to come and see her before their writing is complete so that problems can be identified and corrected early in the writing process.

    To make an appointment, students should e-mail her a copy of their writing as well as the name of the professor for whom they are doing the writing (if applicable) and several times when they can meet. Most professors allow students to use the Law School Writing Center.  To be certain that this is the case, however, students must ask their professors for permission before making an appointment.

    Contact the Writing Center

    Room 538
    Patricia Harrington Wysor, Director