Duquesne University School of Law

Education Law Clinic


Yearlong Graded Course

6 Credits (3 classroom, 3 non-classroom)


Enrollment: 8 Students


Clinic Hours to Be Completed: 280 Hours (Minimum of 10 Hours per Week)


Class Meeting Time: Thursday, 6 - 7:40 p.m.


Class Location: Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Room 208


Walk-in Clinic Hours for Clients: Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m., and Thursday, 4 - 6 p.m. 


Students are interviewed by the supervising attorneys for admission to the clinic


Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson

Assistant Clinical Professor

Office Hours: Wednesday, 10 a.m. - Noon, Tribone Center Room 203

The Education Law Clinic focuses on helping families with children in K-12 navigate specific legal issues related to educational standing. 

Specifically, the clinic allows students to focus on helping families navigate school disciplinary, suspension, and expulsion hearings as well as alternative education placements.

Referrals come from Family Court as well as from Duquesne Law's Juvenile Defender Clinic. 

Intensive training helps students understand the collateral consequences that can result from the inception of a delinquency case and learn the technique of zealous written and oral advocacy in the context of administrative school hearings.

Students who are not certified will be paired with certified students. 

Doctoral-level students from Duquesne's school psychology program and master's-level social work students from the University of Pittsburgh provide assistance to clients as part of the team defense or holistic representation.

Students may, when appropriate, cross-train with the Juvenile Defender Clinic. Student lawyers will have regular, ongoing client relationships and maintain a regular caseload made up of a variety of cases in order to get a variety of experiences. 

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Clinic News

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Education Law Clinic students participate in national event
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Prof. Sizemore-Thompson discusses repercussions of school district's hoodie ban
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Front-page story details plans for Education Law Clinic
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Editorial lauds Education Law Clinic's service to area families
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Education Law Clinic at work for parents, students 
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