If you need legal advice but can’t afford it, then you might just be in luck. UC Irvine’s very own legal clinic opened for business Oct. 31.
‘It pretty much is free legal advice,’ said the clinic’s Director Yasamin Yousefi, a fourth-year criminology, law and society major.
Adam Kent, who was the clinic’s director last year, created the legal clinic in 2005. This is the first year, however, that the clinic will begin to operate on a full-time basis.
‘There’s a wide range of issues [that we have dealt with],’ Kent said. For example, ‘There are a bunch of students that are in trouble with the university for downloading music, and so there has been demand for that [and] we’ve had people getting DUI tickets who want to ask questions about that.’
The clinic currently has a network of approximately 20 civil and criminal attorneys from the Orange County area.
‘Our goal is to have about 30 [lawyers] so that we can have one for every week of the school year,’ Yousefi said.
The clinic will operate on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in the new Associated Students of UC Irvine student conference room in the Student Center. Don’t plan on having any lengthy chats, though