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University of Pennsylvania Law School Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies

3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
215-898-8427 (phone)
215-573-6783 (fax)
  • 215-898-8427
  • To train law students in lawyering skills by providing free legal services under close in-house faculty supervision.
  • Income guidelines: Civil Practice Clinic applicants must meet or just slightly exceed legal services financial guidelines. Other clinic’s guidelines are more flexible; Geographic guidelines: Philadelphia metropolitan area.
  • Only conducts phone intake – no in-person intake. Referrals from other legal services organizations welcome. Cases are screened for case type and financial eligibility and are selected for their educational value to the student-lawyers. The office is open year-round but doesn’t accept new cases during the summer months (May through August). Accepts new cases only at the start of the Fall semester (September) and Spring semester (January).
  • Civil Practice Clinic: Law students certified by state and federal courts to represent clients in a wide variety of civil cases in courts and administrative agencies. Areas of practice include civil forfeiture, Social Security Disability, Unemployment Compensation, custody, support, housing, consumer educational rights, employment discrimination, civil rights and expungement of child abuse records. No divorce, bankruptcy or criminal matters accepted.

    Additional clinical programs include the Enterpreneurship Legal Clinic (for online application, go to www.pennelc.com), the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic (for online application, go to
    https://www.law.upenn.edu/clinic/intellectualproperty), the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, and the Transnational Legal Clinic. See www.law.upenn.edu/clinic/ for a complete list.
  • Praveen Kosuri, Esq., Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Beth Shapiro, Esq.
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