The Thomas M. Cooley Law School Ann Arbor campus is planning to open a new legal services clinic the forthcoming year.

And the school hopes to get feedback before it begins this launch. According to a Thomas M. Cooley Law School news release, residents are encouraged to voice their opinions, and a focus group of "legal community leaders" also was of late held.

Spokesman Nick Wasmiller stated that the school's aim is to assist the community with whatever legal needs they have that are not being done and to assist students gain real-world experience.

Joan Vestrand, associate dean for the Ann Arbor campus, stated that students who have earned at least 40 credits will be eligible to work in the clinic. She anticipates it will be very accepted among students, especially if they know they will be serving in the community.She also added that she is unable to imagine moving forward without learning from the community how she can help.

The clinic is anticipated to open in September 2011.