Law school and reality meet head on in Pitt Law’s in-house legal clinics. Under the supervision of full-time faculty who are practicing attorneys, you will wrestle as a lawyer with legal and ethical issues involving real people. Students are eligible to enroll in a legal clinic beginning in the second semester of their second year of law school.
The Taxpayer Clinic provides opportunities to gain practical lawyering skills while representing low-income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.
Elder Law Clinic
In the Elder Law Clinic, students represent low-income older adults and/or their family members in a variety of legal matters.
Environmental Law Clinic
Working largely in the areas of water quality, water rights, mining, solid waste disposal, and land use, the Environmental Law Clinic represents low-income clients in matters ranging from legislative drafting to litigation to client counseling.
Family Law Clinic
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.
Health Law Clinic
Recognizing that acute, preventative, and rehabilitative care are only part of the health equation, The Health Law Clinic, a medical-legal partnership with UPMC-Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, serves low-income families of children with special needs in collaboration with their medical care team to address social determinants of health that can affect patient outcomes.
Immigration Law Clinic
Students in the Immigration Law Clinic represent immigrants requesting asylum, facing removal from the United States, and seeking special protection under the Violence Against Women Act. Students also help clients to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers that could impede their success in the U.S. legal system.
Securities Arbitration Clinic
In the Securities Arbitration Clinic, students represent small investors in disputes with their broker-dealer through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) mandatory arbitration proceedings and/or the mediation alternative offered through FINRA.