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WVU to bring law clinic to Beckley

Register-Herald photo by Brad Davis Gregory Bowman, dean of West Virginia University's School of Law, discusses the opening of a Clinical Law Program in Beckley as he speaks to attendees inside 10th Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick's courtroom at the Raleigh County Judicial Center Thursday afternoon.
Register-Herald photo by Brad Davis
Gregory Bowman, dean of West Virginia University’s School of Law, discusses the opening of a Clinical Law Program in Beckley as he speaks to attendees inside 10th Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick’s courtroom at the Raleigh County Judicial Center Thursday afternoon.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia University plans to bring a portion of its law clinics to Beckley next fall, which could provide free legal aid to area residents.

Greg Bowman, dean of the WVU College of Law, made the announcement Thursday afternoon in the Raleigh County Judicial Annex.

 Bowman said law clinics are “a way for us to educate our students…with real clients (and) real issues.”

“We are in the truest sense of the world a service profession,” Bowman said. “The work is here, the need is here.”

The dean said the Land Use and Sustainable Development Clinic is already working with the City of Beckley, but will be joined by the team that work on veterans issues and taxes.

According to the school’s web site, the clinical law program is structured like a major law firm so that students can gain work experience across multiple practice areas. WVU’s other legal clinics include…

 

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