Clinical Legal Education

Putting Theory into Practice

Clinical education is one of the instructional cornerstones of Duquesne University School of Law.  As a student here, you will have the opportunity to participate in law clinics, externships, pro bono programs and fellowships that offer live client experiences and often include opportunities to appear in court. The goals of the Clinical Legal Education program are threefold:

  • To serve the community by providing good counsel
  • To train students in the actual practice of law
  • To promote the rewards of public service


Clinical Center Steps from Downtown Courts

Duquesne's commitment to clinical education is reflected in its facility for students, faculty, and clients. The Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education features client meeting rooms, conference rooms, classrooms, offices, and a fully equipped moot courtroom and technology lab. Learn more about the Tribone Center.


Clinical Opportunities

Duquesne students serve the community while working for credit and receiving practical legal education. Clinical opportunities include:


Externship Opportunities

Duquesne offers students dozens of externship opportunities featuring educational and practical legal experience and professional mentorship while working in local, state, and federal judicial offices and government agencies as well as legal aid offices.

Yearlong externship programs feature on-site placement combined with classroom instruction and classroom credit. One-semester and summer-session externships feature on-site placement combined with seminars and non-classroom credit.


Pro Bono Program

The pro bono program features an attorney/student matching program and direct work with public interest organizations. Read more about Duquesne University's pro bono program.


Clinical Legal Education By the Numbers

17,800+ Hours of legal service by students through the law clinics
5,300+ Hours of legal service by students through externship placements
2,200+ Hours of legal service by students through pro bono service
September 2015 - April 2016