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Virtual Reality Helps Citizens to Know Their Rights NCCU SCHOOL OF LAW FILLS THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE GAP IN NORTH CAROLINA BY KIA BELL

IMAGINE BEING MILES AWAY FROM THE CITY in desperate need of legal representation. The risk of facing this harsh dilemma has become virtually extinct in many rural and hard-to-reach areas now served by lawyers from many miles away through the use of technology. NCCU’s School of Law Virtual Justice Project is on the forefront of the latest legal offering that embraces technology and uses it to deliver legal services through real-time electronic transmission of video and audio in a secure environment. With the digital divide diminishing as more individuals gain access to the Internet, the movement to provide legal

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services and other resources via Internet communications has become almost a necessity. Merging expert legal knowledge with advanced technology creates opportunities for more people to learn about and exercise their legal rights. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, nine in 10 adults in the United States use the Internet. Also noted

in the report, 88 percent of adults in the United States used the Internet in 2016, up from 74 percent in 2007. Virtual legal assistance and cloud computing involves a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, replacing a local server or a personal computer. This technology has made it easier for legal practices to manage data at various locations and represent clients who are physically some distance away. It is not your normal exchange of emails with a lawyer. Always on the cutting edge of innovation, NCCU School of Law’s Virtual Justice Project has for the last seven years filled access-to-justice gaps by providing virtual legal services and education to underserved communities throughout the state.

NCCU Now - Spring 2017  

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