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Programs whose primary purpose is to inform the public of the rights and responsibilities of individuals under the law, the need for crime prevention, protection and swift and effective administration of justice, the availability of resources to meet these needs and the issues and problems that relate to the provision of services in the criminal justice and legal area.

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Allegheny County Family Court Pro Se ProgramSelf-Represented Litigants, or parties choosing to access the court on their own behalf or without an attorney, may utilize the services of the Self-Help Center (SHC). The SHC is located on the first floor of the Family Law Center and is open every day court is open beginning at 8:30 am. The last client is seen at 3:30pm. The SHC offers options counseling, with a court employed Options Counselor, as well as referral to the Legal Advice Clinic. Options Counselors will provide a party with procedural information regarding his/her case in order to allow the party to determine how he/she would like to proceed. Options Counselors will not provide legal advice or instruct a party as to what he/she should do. Any Self-Represented Litigant may utilize the services of the Options Counselor regardless of income. The Legal Advice Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys from the Allegheny County Bar Association and law students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law. The Legal Advice Clinic offers legal counseling and advice to parties that meet the financial eligibility guidelines and are referred by the Self-Help Center. Parties that do not meet the financial eligibility guidelines may still utilize the services of the Options Counselor.AlleghenyAllegheny County Family Court Pro Se ProgramUnified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Duquesne University School of LawDuquesne University School of Law is a Catholic law school that trains students to become excellent lawyers with a high degree of professional skill and a special sensitivity to ethical and moral concerns. As the only Spiritan law school in the world, we serve God by serving students, imparting to them academic, analytical, and practical skills essential to applying legal principles to actual problem-solving for the good of individual clients, for the betterment of society, and in furtherance of justice.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of LawDuquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationStudents at Duquesne University School of Law's Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education have the opportunity to participate in law clinics, externships, pro bono programs and summer public interest 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. AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University

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