City of Pittsburgh

Re-Entry Legal Services Clinic

The Re-Entry Legal Services Clinic is a yearlong clinic that offers income-qualified clients legal assistance with gubernatorial pardons. Students participate in weekly seminars that address substantive and procedural law issues, then experience hands-on training in case intake and interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, mediation, negotiation, research and drafting of complaints and documents.

Students also assist individuals with the completion of the complex Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency application and compete filings with the Board. After the lengthy Board investigation process, students prepare clients who have been selected for public pardon hearings through mock hearings.