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The Vermont Law School's pro bono clinics in South Royalton are moving.

After a $3.5 million renovation, the South Royalton Legal Clinic and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinics will move into a historic building off the town square. It was once a Freck's Department Store.

Guided by a staff of four full-time faculty members and more than two dozen students, the clinics provide free legal services to low-income families and various environmental and social justice causes.

"It's a wonderful way to train students because they're able to get into court and experience arguing motions and presenting cases while law students and that makes them much stronger as they graduate from the law school. The other reason is we view it as an opportunity to be of service to the community. There are a lot of people who are unable to pay for legal services and badly need them and this is one way to provide those services," said Jeff Shields, the dean of the Vermont Law School.

A ribbon cutting for the new center Friday kicks off commencement weekend at the law school.

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