PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic

Our Mission

The Special Education Advocacy Clinic was formed to assist students with disabilities and their families with eligibility or Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings.  The clinic is designed to bolster the partnership between families and schools and is part of the Law School's Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Initiative.

Law students, working under the supervision of a managing attorney, offer their services to families at no charge. The clinic relies on law school and private donor support to assist families.  


The PELE Clinic has two applications, one for general services and another for our project serving military families. At this time, the general application for services has closed. However, military families can still apply for services through our application for our Empowering Virginia’s Military Families in Special Education Project. The link for this application is available below.

Virginia's Military Families Application for Services