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You expect the Juris Doctor (JD) program at Pitt Law to offer a solid foundation in the basics of legal education. You might not expect the opportunity to specialize in areas like environmental and energy law; health law; and intellectual property, technology, and innovation law.

You might not expect to be able to pursue both a JD and a second master’s degree at another Pitt school—in an area such as bioethics, business, public health, and social work—or at nearby Carnegie Mellon University in less time than it would normally take to complete two consecutive degrees.

And you might not expect how quickly and the extent to which you’ll get to apply those classroom lessons. Assisting the public through work with a clinic (health law, elder law, the environment, immigration, and more); serving as a full-time extern on Capitol Hill or throughout Washington, D.C., as part of the Semester in D.C. Program; interning with a federal agency, nonprofit, or corporation; and participating in a national or international moot court competition are just some of the opportunities you’ll have to practice your skills and hone your expertise even before you graduate.


In this Section

  • Juris Doctor

    Juris Doctor

    Explore the advantages of your law degree thoroughly and see why it is that Pitt Law outperforms the competition.

  • Specialized Areas of Study

    Specialized Areas of Study

    Tailor your Pitt Law degree to prepare you to lead tech start-ups, prosecute cyberfraud, champion the environment, and interpret healthcare reform.

  • Center for International Legal Education

    Center for International Legal Education

    Serving both American and foreign students, Pitt Law alumni, and the local legal community. CILE adds international substance to the study and practice of law in Pittsburgh.

  • Innovation Practice Institute

    Innovation Practice Institute

    The Innovation Practice Institute is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among a law school, the practicing bar, and local innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • Semester in DC

    Semester in DC

    Spend a semester in Washington, D.C. working for a nonprofit or government agency - for law school credit.