VALPARAISO | Low-income Porter County residents may be eligible for free legal representation through the Law Clinic at Valparaiso University Law School.
The clinic is now accepting new cases.
The Law Clinic will consider taking civil cases in areas like debt collection defense, consumer issues, landlord/tenant disputes, guardianships, adoptions and tax concerns involving the Internal Revenue Service, said David Vandercoy, professor of law.
Clients must meet income eligibility guidelines.
The program, established in 1969, allows third-year law students to practice if they meet certain requirements and they are supervised by members of the Indiana Bar Association.
Vandercoy said students will interview potential clients, then with their supervisor, decide which cases to take.
Vandercoy said the purpose of the clinic is not only to provide the legal service, but to educate the law students. Decisions on taking cases will depend on the timing, type of case, the educational value it provides to the student and the caseload.
Vandercoy said clients who are accepted get quality representation because each case is supervised by a highly qualified law professor.
The Law Clinic is located in Heritage Hall, 510 Freeman St.
For more information or to determine eligibility for assistance, call (219) 465-7903.