ERIC Number: ED236969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Providing Legal Services to Students Living Off Campus.
Commuter, v5 n2 p1-2 Jan 1980
SUNY (State University of New York)-Binghamton's Off Campus College (OCC) has developed an inexpensive alternative for providing legal advice to students living off campus. Legal aid needs of off-campus students are greater due to possible disagreements concerning tenancy, security deposits, housing code compliance, utility bills, exterminators, and increased risk of traffic tickets and accidents. A free monthly legal clinic was founded by setting up a table for a lawyer and an OCC staffer in a highly trafficked area on campus. Tremendous response to the sessions resulted in making the "Free Legal Clinic" a weekly event with the later addition of evening legal clinics. For more complicated problems, students can set up an appointment with a community-recruited lawyer staffing the clinic. There is a $10 refundable charge for the first 30 minutes, with any future meetings paid for by the students. In addition, OCC has published a small claims court handbook describing court procedures and encouraging people to prepare themselves for their day in court as well as a booklet which is a step-by-step guide to collecting the hard-earned judgments. The necessary legal forms are available at no cost from the clinic. (JW)
Descriptors: College Students, Commuting Students, Higher Education, Lawyers, Legal Aid, Legal Problems, Program Descriptions, Student College Relationship, Student Needs
National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs, University of Maryland, 1195 Student Union, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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