During the past 35 years, more than 2,600 low-income and unemployed clients have had their essential legal needs served through the South Royalton Legal Clinic by over 900 motivated law students. Annually, the clinic provides an estimated $2 million in free legal services to Vermonters. As the second-largest poverty law center in the state, the clinic has become an essential part of resource delivery in Vermont. The SRLC works collaboratively with many other service providers, including Vermont Legal Aid, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates, and Have Justice Will Travel.
Over the course of 2012–13, SRLC had 56 clinical students enrolled plus 26 work-study students and volunteers over three semesters and one summer. These 82 (total) students amounted to 48 percent of the number of students in the 2012 VLS JD class, a very significant number to be reached by an elective course. For the period of January 2012 to March 2013, the clinic had 307 matters scheduled for hearings and related client proceedings in 26 different venues.
SRLC Caseload Statistics for the period 7/1/11-6/30/12
|CASE TYPE||NUMBER OF CASES||PERCENT OF TOTAL CASELOAD||INVOLVES|
|Consumer||11||6%||Including bankruptcy cases|
|Administrative||14||7%||Including public benefits|
|Family Law||101||55%||Divorce, parentage, separation, child support, domestic violence grants, and Children First!|