North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law is providing thousands of students and residents throughout the state with innovative educational services delivered to any physical location via video collaboration solutions from Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C). To date, more than 5,000 students and private citizens have used over 23,000 hours of NCCU’s virtual legal services and distance learning.
Key NCCU programs leveraging video collaboration solutions include:
Virtual Justice Broadband Project – NCCU has deployed Polycom® RealPresence® video collaboration solutions as the foundation for its Virtual Justice Broadband Project, which is providing legal information and assistance throughout North Carolina. The Virtual Justice Broadband Project is also providing virtual access to courses from NCCU School of Law. Participating schools include Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Winston-Salem State University.
Virtual Legal Assistance – NCCU’s Clinical Legal Education Program is using Polycom video solutions at 17 Legal Aid of North Carolina offices, three Pisgah Legal Services offices, and two mediation centers to offer students at participating universities and communities throughout North Carolina virtual access to staff attorneys. These staff attorneys provide legal information and advice on issues such as foreclosure, child custody, and avoiding the criminal justice system.Virtual Classrooms from NCCU – NCCU’s use of video collaboration extends beyond legal assistance to virtual classrooms. The NCCU School of Law currently offers eight virtual courses for students pursuing law degrees, as well as two undergraduate courses for students who are considering legal careers. “Most counties in North Carolina are considered rural and research has shown that people who live in rural areas lack access to affordable legal assistance. The placement of Polycom video collaboration equipment in the rural areas of North Carolina allows people to go to one of our rural sites and receive legal information and services from attorneys who are hours away. These services enhance the quality of their lives,” states Pam Glean, assistant dean for clinical and professional skills.