(WIS) - Veterans living in South Carolina will soon have access to free legal services.
A new Veterans Legal Clinic will open Monday, July 2 at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Approximately 400,000 military veterans live in South Carolina, according to USC. Many of these men and women were deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones after Sept. 11, 2001. These veterans face multiple challenges when they return home.
Law students will give free legal services to veterans or military families who cannot afford a lawyer for things like estate planning, divorce proceedings and accessing public benefits.
Additionally, law students will gain real-world experience by representing these clients under the supervision of Clyde "Bennett" Gore Jr., director of the clinic, who is also a School of Law alumnus and a veteran.
The clinic is housed on the third floor of the School of Law, located at 1525 Senate St. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. It will follow the university's holiday schedule.
Veterans interested in seeing whether their legal problem can be solved by the clinic should call 803-777-2278 or visit the law school's clinic website.