Duquesne University School of Law Clinics and Externships
Civil Rights Clinic
The Civil Rights Clinic works with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP on matters involving employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and civil rights advocacy.
Federal Litigation Clinic
The Federal Litigation Clinic focuses on the litigation of cases pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Students provide legal representation under the supervision of licensed attorneys in federal civil rights matters for indigent individuals.
Unemployment Compensation Clinic
The Unemployment Compensation Clinic assists low-income clients with unemployment compensation matters including voluntary quit, willful misconduct, overpayment, offsets, seasonal work and eligibility issues.
Urban Development Clinic
The Urban Development Clinic provides legal services to nonprofit community development organizations, municipal corporations and government agencies working in distressed communities. The real estate topics addressed include conservation easements, land acquisition, zoning issues and greening initiatives.
The Veterans Clinic assists veterans charged with non-violent offenses adjudicated through the Allegheny County Veterans Court program. The students prepare and present cases for disposition in the Court of Common Pleas and stay in touch with veterans to ensure they are following court-ordered substance abuse or mental health treatment plans offered as alternatives to incarceration. The program is one of the first criminal law veterans clinics in the country.
Family Law Clinic
Launched in January 2014, the Family Law Clinic assists victims of domestic abuse and individuals with family law disputes, including child custody cases, at all stages of representation.
Intellectual Property Law Clinic
Opening in Spring 2015, the Intellectual Property Law Clinic will expose students to legal issues involving copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and domain names. The clinic will provide educational outreach and counseling services with a focus on the arts community.
The Clinical Legal Education program provides dozens of externship opportunities for credit. Students receive not only educational and practical legal experience, but also professional mentorship by Duquesne law alumni and other supervising attorneys.
- Criminal Defense Program
This program provides a live-client criminal defense experience with the Allegheny County Office of Conflicts Counsel. Students in this program have the opportunity to assist in the representation of criminal defendants in active cases being handled by the Office of Conflicts Counsel.
- Criminal Prosecution Program
This program provides students with an on-site externship at the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and classroom instruction in criminal law. The weekly classroom seminar will cover all facets of criminal law from a suspect's arrest through the trial and post-trial stages. Students will rotate through the DA's office in accordance with the topics being covered in the classroom seminar.
- KidsVoice Program
This program provides students with an on-site externship at KidsVoice, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal representation to abused, neglected, and at-risk children. The program begins with extensive training. Each student is then paired with an experienced mentor attorney and teamed with in-house child advocacy specialists. Cases primarily involve the representation of children victimized in child abuse and neglect proceedings involving the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families. Students accepted into the program appear in court on behalf of the child-clients.
- Public Defender Program
Opening in Fall 2014, the Public Defender Program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the process of indigent criminal defense while offering practical, hands-on experiences. To that end, students will have the opportunity to prepare, file and argue various motions, handle preliminary hearings before district justices and participate in diverse interactions in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.
- Public Defender Juvenile Program
Opening in Fall 2014, the Public Defender Juvenile Program teaches law students about the law and the practice of juvenile public defense by providing opportunities to interview clients, strategize with attorneys, draft motions, and represent clients in detention, disposition and review hearings.