School’s campus includes the “Cathedral of Learning,” which is the tallest academic building in the US, and the second tallest in the world.
Notable Alumni include: Orrin Hatch, Q. Todd Dickinson (former Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office), James H. Duff (former US Senator), David A. Reed (former US Senator)
Welcome from the Dean
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Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
For more than 110 years, the School of Law has prepared students to become excellent attorneys and leaders in both the legal profession and in society. Today, Pitt Law builds on this proud history by training lawyers to take on the opportunities and challenges of 21st century legal practice in the United States and around the world.
At Pitt Law we turn out practice-ready lawyers by providing students with both traditional law school classroom experiences designed to develop and hone analytical and communication skills and with experiential learning opportunities in one of our six clinics, which range in subject area from Environmental Law to Family Law to Health Law. Students who wish to focus their studies can enjoy the numerous benefits of enrolling in one of our five certificate programs, with their opportunities for international externships, instruction in litigation skills by teams of top practicing litigators, or membership on an intellectual property moot court team. Seven joint degree programs, including two partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University, permit students to craft discipline-bridging courses of study in areas including public health, business administration, and international affairs. And Pitt Law students can serve as editors at the award-winning website JURIST, the world’s only Web-based, student-powered legal news source, which is viewed weekly by 100,000 viewers and is based right here at the School of Law.
Of course, no matter how broad a range of learning opportunities a law school provides, the quality of the legal education that students receive depends heavily on the quality and commitment of the law school faculty. The faculty at Pitt Law is made up of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who share a common commitment to educating their students and advancing knowledge. This group of nationally recognized teacher-scholars brings the law alive for Pitt Law students by challenging students to explore the relevance of law to the issues confronting our society and the world today … and tomorrow.
All this happens at the world-class University of Pittsburgh in today’s Pittsburgh, a city whose rolling hills are “clean and green” and that offers a wide variety of social, cultural, and athletic amenities, as well as a highly sophisticated practicing bar, many of whom are Pitt Law alumni who remain actively engaged in the life of the School. The School of Law is situated in Oakland, the diverse and vibrant neighborhood that is home not only to institutions of higher education, but also to the Carnegie Museums and the grassy lawns and playing fields of Schenley Park. With all it has to offer, Pittsburgh remains an affordable, accessible, and welcoming city.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is a uniquely exciting place to be these days, and I encourage you to explore our web site to learn more about this institution and its commitment to training tomorrow’s lawyers.
William M. Carter, Jr.
Dean and Professor of Law
Family Law Clinic
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The Family Law clinic assists indigent pro se litigants with family-law issues primarily involving custody, child support, and paternity, as well as secondary family-law issues.
Students who have completed three semesters of law school may enroll, and will be certified by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to provide legal services, including appearing in court on behalf of indigent litigants. The clinic is a two-semester course. The student receives a total of eight credits for the two semesters.
Services to the Public
The public may access clinic services only by and through participating in the Allegheny County Family Court Pro Se program. Only litigants who are declared indigent by the pro se program are eligible to receive clinic services.
Persons seeking legal assistance from the clinic must report to the Family Court building on Ross Street in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday or Thursday mornings to enter the pro se process. Litigants must bring proof of their current income from any source. Once the litigant meets all of the court’s requirements for the pro se program, the litigant will meet with a law student.
Fieldwork / Client Representation
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, students report to the Family Court Building in Pittsburgh. Students interview indigent litigants, determine the relevant legal issues presented by the litigants, and prepare motions to be presented to the court and/or non-motionable pleadings to be filed by the litigants—whichever is indicated by the facts and law. Certain motions prepared by the student will be presented by the student for argument before the assigned judge on a later date.
The goal of the Clinic is to provide students with live-client experiences in order to teach students the skills of interviewing, drafting pleadings, and advocating before the court. Typically, over two semesters the clinic interviews more than 350 clients and makes more than 70 court appearances, providing each student with an intense skills experience. The fieldwork time requirements are critical, and therefore students are cautioned prior to registration to carefully study the course time requirements set forth in the course description before attempting to enroll.
Law school deans are used to begging. They beg their faculty to assume additional teaching responsibilities. They beg their university presidents to stop slashing their budgets. Mostly, they beg wealthy alumni and community members for money. More money. As much money as they can fix their mouths to ask for. If law school deans could play instruments, they’d be on the subway begging for change.
But in this market, instead of begging alumni for money, law deans really need to be begging their alumni for job openings. Deans should be on the phone every day, talking to people who are in a position to hire graduates of their law schools.
I think some of them are. I know some of them are not. Here, we have one law dean’s letter to alumni that can serve as a kind of blueprint for how a dean should be hawking her students. Maybe you can send it to your dean and ask if she is sending out the same kind of letters…
Welcome back to our series of open threads on the latest batch of U.S. News law school rankings. Last time, readers weighed in on the law schools that made up the top half of the traditional second tier. And when we say the “traditional second tier,” we’re harkening back to a time when not all law schools with numerical rankings were classified as “first tier” educational institutions — a time when not all law deans could defend their law school’s rank by telling students and alumni that the school was still in the “first tier.” It’s not an elitist thing, we promise. It’s just much, much easier this way.
That being said, today we’ll take a look at the schools ranked #76 through #98 (where there’s a four-way tie). What does it take to be recognized as a Top 100 law school by U.S. News these days? Apparently your graduates need to be employed….
I’m not going to lie, these are quickly becoming my favorite columns to write every year.
For approximately 364 days a year, law school deans are free to tell us how great their schools are without being forced to provide any data to support their claims of being the best law school for whatever. But one day, each law school must confront the stark reality of their U.S. News law school ranking. They can disparage the rankings, get angry at the rankings, or boast about the rankings (if they’re lucky). But deans ignore the rankings at their own peril.
And so some deans are forced to address their schools’ poor rankings. They are free to spin things however they want, but for one day, they’re not operating in a vacuum. There is an objective fact that is just a little bit beyond their powers of self-reporting manipulation.
Finding a roommate for your first year of law school can be a challenge. You’re probably moving to a new city and you don’t know anybody. You’re reluctant to get a random roommate, because you don’t want to end up living with some crazy party-goer who ruins your study cycle just when you’ve started to learn about noise pollution in class.
In the modern era, social networking is a great tool for law students to meet up before classes start, and maybe find a roommate among their soon-to-be classmates.
But how should you choose a roommate among interchangeable matriculating law students? One guy has a plan, and that is to advertise his “success” in front of all those who might want to live with him.
Get used to this type of guy, 0Ls, you’ll be seeing a lot of him over the next three years….
* “We can’t engage the public in a seminar about health law.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor informed the public at Penn Law that she would not be taking up a post as a Wise Latina civics instructor. [Wall Street Journal]
* Next on Meltdown with Keith Olbermann: this liberal commentator has sued Current TV over getting fired. It is clearly the most irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, tea-bagging network ever. [Businessweek]
* George Zimmerman has added another lawyer to his soon-to-be defense team — a “veteran criminal defense” lawyer. Why did he need to hire such a hot shot if what he did to Trayvon Martin was legal? [Reuters]
* Step aside TSA: what kinds of rights do cruise passengers have at sea? How about the right not to be interrogated, strip searched, and then forced to pee in front of security guards? [Overhead Bin / MSNBC]
* Jordan Wallick has been convicted of second degree murder in the shooting death of James Wallmuth III, a University of Pittsburgh law student. Wallick is now looking at life behind bars for his crime. [CBS 21 News]
Last night, a dramatic scene unfolded in the parking lot of a movie theater. A suspected drunk driver allegedly took off without his headlights on, hit two police cruisers, terrified several witnesses, and then slammed his car into a tree. The driver was killed.
“It was coming straight towards us and I didn’t know if he was going to stop or what he was doing,” said one witness. “He was going 70, 80 miles an hour. It was scary.”
The driver of the vehicle was a young lawyer, an associate at a law firm. He graduated not too long ago from a leading law school….
Parents wield an unbelievable amount of power in the naming of their children. And as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. Bizarre names can ensure that your child sits alone and friendless in the cafeteria for the better part of his formative years. Great names can spur children on to greatness.
Naming children after gods or powerful mythological figures, on the other hand, can create an unnecessary amount of pressure. These names set them up for failure. Sure, their names may make for better tattoo choices and save them from the ranks of misguided youth who think butterfly tramp stamps are good ideas. Still, unless they are blessed with extraordinary athletic ability, these children will likely lead lives full of vain attempts to live up to their names.
For instance, what would we expect from a man named Atlas? Great strength. After all, Atlas was forced to bear the weight of the entire sky on his shoulders. There’s even a World’s Strongest Man event named after him. But what do you do if you’re named Atlas and you’re not predisposed to feats of great strength? If you’re like the millions of other people in this world who don’t know what else to do, you become a lawyer. And like the great solo practitioners who have come before you, you come up with some sort of crazy shtick and a wacky website to try to set yourself apart from the masses.
Meet today’s solo practitioner, Joel Atlas Skirble. Dubbing himself “El Capitan,” Skirble, with the help of Team Atlas and his handy Atlasmobile, is saving the fine folks of Virginia and Maryland, one personal injury or criminal charge at a time….
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