Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education

Life-changing Clinical Legal Education

Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University's Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education is comprised of community-focused clinics as well as externship opportunities, a pro bono program and fellowships, all of which provide student attorneys hands-on client experiences and the opportunity to serve the public while earning credit.

"Duquesne Kline School of Law is deeply committed to serving the community while, at the same time, giving our students hands-on skills training so that they can perform at the highest level when they enter the practice of law," Former Dean and current University President Ken Gormley said at the opening of the Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education.


Our clinical education program started in 1995, originally named for a donor, as the Hugo L. Black Law Clinic. In 2013, it was named in honor of Tom Tribone, Chief Executive Officer Franklin Park Investments, whose gift helped fund the clinic's move to Fifth Avenue. Tribone, a 1985 graduate of Duquesne's School of Law and a 1981 graduate of the Donahue-Palumbo School of Business, emphasized the positive influence that the University has had on both he and his wife Michele's families.

"Duquesne has had a significant impact on three generations of our family on both sides," said Tribone. "The law clinic combines education and public service in a way that was attractive to us, and when we realized the enthusiasm of everyone at Duquesne for this project, we decided to be part of it."

Additional funding for the Center for Clinical Legal Education was received and the center was upgraded in 2015. This was provided in part through a $500,000 grant from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and a $250,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.

Unique Location and Building Features

Located in a three-story building at 912-914 Fifth Avenue, the Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education is easily accessible to clients and provides much-needed services to residents of Pittsburgh and the region.

"Our clinic, just blocks away from the courthouses and public agencies downtown, opens up remarkable opportunities to help underserved clients and families while allowing Duquesne law students to tackle real-life legal problems that will give them unmatched experience," said President Gormley.

The center features:

  • Client meeting rooms

  • Conference rooms 

  • Classrooms

  • Work rooms

  • Moot courtroom and technology lab