LYNCHBURG, Va.- – Students at Liberty University are getting intensive classroom training and guidance from legal experts.
LU School of Law and Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc are working to give four students experience in the courtroom by letting them represent clients through a legal clinic.
The students will handle civil cases ranging from housing, access to public benefits, health care and consumer lending. It also gives students experience in public service to help their community and those who are consider low income residents.
"It's been wonderful for us because they been very excited to start their own professional careers and they love the idea of after a couple of years of classroom study now being able to put their knowledge and skills to work." David Neumeyer said, executive director of VLAS.
"I have seen a tremendous difference in the students. I have talked to three of four of them and they love it," said B. Keith Faulkner, dean-professor of law.
Students will work with the legal clinic until the spring. Liberty plans to expand and continue the partnership in the future.
About Virginia Legal Aid Society:
Virginia Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to underprivileged individuals and families. Since 1977, VLAS has been the only institutional provider of such services in Central, Southside, and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS attorneys and paralegals use legal skills to solve problems in housing, access to health care, income and public benefits, family issues, consumer lending and assets. Our mission is to resolve serious legal problems of vulnerable people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice.