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WVU College of Law named second in the nation for community impact

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The National Jurist has given special recognition to the West Virginia University College of Law for its work in public service.

In its winter issue, the magazine awarded the WVU College of Law second place on a national honor roll of law schools with the greatest community impact. The honor roll is based on data of the free legal services provided by law school clinics in 2015-16.

Last year, the WVU College of Law’s nine clinics provided 40,200 hours of pro bono legal services for more than 500 clients throughout the state.

Legal work in the clinics is conducted by law students and supervised by law professors. The students gain valuable lawyering experience while providing a service to those in need.

Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law, told The National Jurist “our mission is to serve the public. We take that very seriously.”

Some of the College of Law clinic work last year recognized by The National Jurist includes:

·         Winning asylum for three immigration clients;

·         Reversing a murder conviction for a client serving a 40-year sentence;

·         Providing the equivalent of nearly $300,000 in billable hours to entrepreneur  clients; and

·         Helping veterans, domestic violence victims, the elderly and juveniles.

The University of Idaho tops The National Jurist honor roll for community impact; Washington & Lee University is third; and the University of Kansas is fourth.

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CONTACT: James Jolly, College of Law
304.293.7439; James.Jolly@mail.wvu.edu

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