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Pitt Law Goes International

Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE) encourages law students to gain new perspectives on the law and their lives through international research.

Founded by Ronald A. Brand, Pitt’s Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Chair and Professor of Law, CILE offers internationally oriented degree programs, scholarships, internships, and other opportunities. The Pitt School of Law curriculum may be the only one in the United States to offer foreign language courses specially designed for law students.

CILE internships and fellowships give students overseas experience. Recent CILE students have worked for the Court of Auditors and Court of Justice in Luxembourg and conducted research at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany.

In their international pursuits, the students are following their professors’ leads.

For example, Austria honored Pitt Law professor Vivian Curran for service on its Property Claims Committee, established to help compensate victims for losses suffered under Nazi annexation. Professor Harry Flechtner is one of two U.S. national correspondents on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.