Pitt Law Online Blog

Get insights into the Online MSL and certificate programs with the Pitt Law blog. Gain a better understanding of the evolving laws and regulations that govern business with information, advice and thought leadership from the experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
December 21, 2023
Understanding criminal law requires comprehension of the principles underlying our criminal justice system. These principles include the protection of constitutional rights and the pursuit of justice. Explore the principles and concepts that shape the U.S. legal system’s approach to crime and justice.
December 20, 2023
International arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which the parties involved agree to resolve their dispute/s with private arbitrators instead of in a court. Arbitrators are trained in negotiation, the legal system, and conflict resolution to help people resolve their dispute without protracted litigation or a trial.
December 19, 2023
Learn how the innovative Sports, Entertainment, and Arts Law program at Pitt Law can help your career in the ever-evolving business landscape.
November 20, 2023
It is estimated that fraudulent billing costs more than $100 billion annually and accounts for 3% to 10% of total health spending. To combat this, medical providers, government agencies, and billing companies must bring a renewed focus to health care claims and billing compliance.
November 15, 2023
Explore the key legislation that corporate compliance programs address, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
October 25, 2023
There are a lot of legal considerations for leaves of absence, almost all of which is led by human resources professionals. Managing employee leave can be challenging for employers and their HR departments, as there are different types of leave, various laws and regulations to comply with, and potential legal risks.
August 28, 2023
Get to know Pitt Law Professor of Law Philip Hackney. Professor Hackney discusses the importance of tax law and the value of a legal education.
August 22, 2023
Depending on your role and industry, you might find yourself conducting business or attending events in different states, countries, or continents. If and when you do, it’s in your (and your company’s) best interests to prepare for, understand, and accommodate the cultural differences between you and your business partners.
August 01, 2023
Learn about upcoming CMS regulatory changes affecting health care providers, in particular the new shared/split services rule.
July 31, 2023
One critical piece of legislation that plays a significant role in ensuring health care compliance is the False Claims Act (FCA). In this post, we will explore the intricacies of the FCA, and cover strategies health care compliance professionals can implement to prevent FCA violations at their organizations.
July 26, 2023
Understanding property law can help you protect, enjoy and benefit from everything you own. This post will explore the basic concepts of property law so you can see how property rights impact you.
July 25, 2023
Demystify the concept of corporate governance and learn how corporate governance and corporate compliance intersect. Then, learn more about Pitt Law’s Corporate Compliance specialization.
July 12, 2023
The overall success and productivity of a company hinges on the relationship between employer and employee. This relationship is what creates company culture and can build morale and foster loyalty when managed appropriately. Learn more about this field of HR management and how Pitt Law’s Online MSL can help HR professionals find success in this area.
June 26, 2023
Compliance with HIPAA regulations is a legal requirement for organizations operating in the health care industry. Learn what is necessary for HIPAA compliance and how to step up as a leader with Pitt Law.
June 14, 2023
Domestic companies expanding into the global market need to thoughtfully manage contractual agreements. International trade is not uncommon, of course, especially with today’s technology at our fingertips, but to companies and business owners new to the game, there are a number of considerations and best practices in managing new relationships beyond U.S. soil.
June 07, 2023
In order to implement a successful corporate compliance program, it is important to understand the key elements that make up a program and the key players. Keep reading to learn more about these components and, ultimately, the recommended steps to build and execute a new program.
May 31, 2023
Reviewing the employee handbook is among the first tasks assigned to a new hire, and with good reason. Let’s explore the elements that should be included in an employee handbook, how to put the handbook together, and the best practices around distributing and maintaining the document.
May 02, 2023
As a human resources professional, you’re keenly aware of the emotions behind professional situations. Managing layoffs in HR is one of the hardest parts of the job, as it can be sensitive and sometimes intense. Nobody is immune to the effects of a difficult decision that impacts people’s lives and livelihoods, but there are ways that you can approach the situation to make it better for you and your employees.
April 24, 2023
The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) is becoming an increasingly popular law program for non-Juris Doctor (J.D.) students. While the J.D. still dominates the legal education landscape, legal studies and accessible legal education are proving beneficial in a number of fields where laws and regulations affect day-to-day work.
April 20, 2023
Employment law related to disabilities is an important issue that affects millions of people around the world. In the U.S., 21.3% of people with a disability were employed in 2021, up from 19.1% in 2021. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, persons with disabilities make up 12% of the civilian noninstitutional population.
April 06, 2023
Implementing an effective corporate compliance program is essential for a company’s regulatory well-being, but can also pose challenges that compliance professionals will need to address. Let’s explore these impacts.
March 20, 2023
Whether you're working as a litigator or paralegal, clinician or contract specialist, if you're a claim examiner at a hospital or managing a clinical practice, you can solidify your credibility and enhance your organizational integrity by getting certified in health care compliance.
January 02, 2023
Clinical research can blur the lines between research and the practice of medicine for both physician-investigators and institutional review boards (IRBs). The question faced is, “Is it research or patient care?” The key to answering this question lies in what is intended by the physician.
June 06, 2022
Learn more about the current state of corporate compliance law and how it affects the day-to-day work of the professionals responsible for corporate compliance programs.
May 25, 2022
Pitt Law has launched a new Online MSL in Corporate Compliance. Learn more about this latest offering and the opportunities it will open up to future students.
March 31, 2022
There are a myriad of Master of Studies in Law jobs depending on career goals and areas of specialization. Learn more about where a legal degree can take you, and some of the specific MSL careers that will be open to you.
March 24, 2022
If you are considering a career in a legal or law adjacent field, or already work in law, it is beneficial to understand the MSL vs. LL.M. to understand which degree is appropriate for you and your career goals.
March 14, 2022
HR law, also called labor law, is an area of law that focuses specifically on the workplace and workers. HR professionals must have an understanding of the laws that drive their day-to-day tasks and the overall health of the organization.
February 01, 2022
Consider these best practices for composing an effective law school personal statement for graduate-level legal studies at Pitt Law.