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4.2 of 5 stars (8 Ratings)

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Great regional school

5.0 of 5 stars

August 2018 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Wealth of practical classes and ability to take courses at the business school or other University of Pittsburgh schools

Downers

Probably not limited to Pitt, but a lot of younger students where it seems like an extension of high school at times

Comments

Obviously a great alumni network in Pittsburgh, so unless looking to move to a larger market, it is a great choice for cost of living and expense.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Pitt Law Review

4.0 of 5 stars

March 2018 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Prepares you to practice law in Pittsburgh by offering health law courses and Pennsylvania-specific practical courses.

Downers

Not much of a reputation outside of Pennsylvania and a weak scholarly presence.

Comments

If you want to practice law in Western Pennsylvania, then this is the best choice.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Pitt Law Review

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2017 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Superb professors, excellent internship and clinical opportunities, and Semester in DC program

Downers

Gloomy winters, dated classrooms, job opportunities limited to Pennsylvania and mid-Atlantic

Comments

Determine whether you are interested in practicing in Pennsylvania before enrolling. Job opportunities outside the area will require more leg work to obtain.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Steel City Charm

5.0 of 5 stars

July 2017 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Pittsburgh is a great place to spend 3 years
Professors actually teach students
Lots of internship opportunities
Competent staff

Downers

Law school building itself is somewhat ugly, Brutalist 70s architecture
Can be a little insular, if not from East Coast or Pennsylvania
Hockey fans

Comments

Could do far worse
Good fin aid
Enjoyable but tough first year curriculum

Would You Recommend

Yes

4.7 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Pitt Law has some of the finest professor from around the country and world at this institution. Their scholarship runs deep within the legal field. Many are graduates from top law schools such as Yale and Harvard, but Pitt also attracts a substantial amount of more scholarship from more liberal law schools such as U.C. Berkeley. It isn't to say that Yale isn't liberal, however, some schools are more resistant to particular approaches with the law because they are not main stream. For some of the schools, this works to their advantage because their approach to legal education is more narrowly tailored to affect what they perceive as being in the interest of the institution. To be sure, every law school engages in some kind of ideological bias, but looking purely through a 'who's who' lens of the scholars at a particular school, you can see how some choose to primarily eat their young. Irrespective of how smart a professor is, there is no substitution for a broad range of exposure -- especially for the litigator who plans on winning her cases.

Quality of Life

Law school sucks. You're not supposed to be happy, irrespective of what anyone tells you. You're paying a fortune to do work. Anyone who is 'happy' is strange. Given that, Pitt Law is very collegial. Pittsburgh also has the highest DUI rate in the country so people have a good time here as well. The last sentence shouldn't encourage anyone to come to Pitt Law, but if it does, at least you know you won't be alone. It's all about diversity these days.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

4.2 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Pitt Law has one of the most well recognized faculty in the county in terms of scholarship. Notwithstanding, the faculty (largely) approach instruction from a practice-oriented perspective. Class sizes are small I believe, relative to other schools.

Quality of Life

The cost of living in Pittsburgh is fantastic. Neighborhoods are very safe and the communities offer a great deal to those willing to get out and explore.

Admissions

The admissions staff was remarkably accessible and very helpful.

Graduation Year

2010

3.2 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Professors are GREAT! They are very well established in their profession and do a tremendous job at teaching and breaking down key concepts to the students.

Quality of Life

A lot of the Pitt law students live in an area called Shadyside which is super close to campus. To get around in Pittsburgh is super easy also because the buses literally go from the campus area to downtown. You only need a car if you absolutely need/want it for some other reason besides working downtown or going to class everyday.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

2.5 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The professors are generally very knowledgeable and generally present the information in a comprehensible manner. A very watered down version of the Socratic Method is generally used where students will be randomly called on but not necessarily asked more than one or two questions. Student participation is often rather underwhelming since the majority of students are too busy surfing the internet at any given time to know what the professor is actually asking (this seems to be common in most law schools though).

Quality of Life

Pittsburgh is a great place to live. It is cheap, manageable, quiet, and full of entertainment.

Admissions

The application process was very easy. The application requires very little in terms of personal statements. The University seeks to attract higher performing students by providing applicants with at least a 161 LSAT score and a 3.4 (?) with a Dean's Scholarship worth $10-12k/year for all three years. There are also a bunch of other endowment scholarships and grants available.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012