University of Pittsburgh

Civil Practice Clinic

Have you been turned down for SSI benefits?
Are you elderly, and do you want to keep living in your own home?
Do you have a problem with your HMO?
Has your insurance refused to pay for necessary medical equipment?

If you have one of these problems -- or some other serious family problem -- you may qualify for free help from the attorneys and law students at Pitt Law School's Civil Practice Clinic.

Problems We Can Handle:

  • Disability claims
  • Health insurance complaints
  • Problems with Medicare or
  • Medical Assistance
  • Competency hearings
  • Denial of SSI benefits
  • HMO problems
  • Guardianship problems

How It Works

Call the Civil Practice Clinic for an appointment. Our phone numbers are:

(412) 648-1300

Law students working in the Civil Practice Clinic will talk to you about your problem. With the help of the professional lawyers in charge of the clinic, they will decide whether they can take your case. A team of students will research your problem, help you file important papers, and represent you at hearings in court, if necessary.

Remember that the people helping you are law students. If your case lasts a long time, a different team of students may take over your case. Although these students are still learning about the law, they are certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as legal interns. And they are supervised by qualified lawyers with a lot of experiences with cases like yours.

How You Can Qualify

Only low-income people can use our services. If you are on welfare and seeking SSI benefits, you will probably qualify. If you're not, our staff will ask you questions about your income and see if you are eligible. We try our best to help the frail elderly, children with AIDS, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.

Where We Are

The Civil Practice Clinic is in Sennott Square, a University of Pittsburgh building at the corner of South Bouquet St. and Forbes Ave. Are are on the 5th floor, in Room 5220. There is a parking garage on the lower levels of the building.


By appointment

Find Out More

For more information, or to set up an interview, please call:

Civil Practice Clinic
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
P.O. Box 7226
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-0221
(412) 648-1300

Referrals are welcome.

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