Cuyahoga Community College’s Office of Legal Services is committed to eliminate barriers to success, both inside and outside the classroom, for our students. The Office of Legal Services is proud to announce that it will present free legal clinics for all Tri-C students who may need assistance with the criminal record expungement process and/or acquiring a Certificate of Qualification for Employment or a Certificate of Achievement and Employability. The Office of Legal Services will also provide advice on simple legal matters or direct students to organizations which may be able to help.
- Criminal Record Expungement: A criminal record may create barriers that make it difficult to achieve your full potential. Sealing or expunging a criminal record can make it easier for Tri-C students to apply for jobs, housing, and school. Attorneys from the Office of Legal Services, along with law students under their direct supervision, will assist Tri-C students through the entire expungement process, including, if necessary, representing the student before the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court at an expungement hearing.
- Certain types of offenses are not eligible for expungement. Specifically, first and second degree felonies, violent offenses, and automobile offenses involving tampering and driving under the influence cannot be expunged.
- Certificates: A Certificate of Qualification for Employment and a Certificate of Achievement and Employability may help open doors that otherwise would remain closed. These certificates provide potential employers with additional information that will allow them to make hiring decisions based on your qualifications, not solely on your criminal record.
- Legal Advice: Legal matters involving landlords, employers, and utility or financial companies may present barriers to a Tri-C student’s academic success. When possible and appropriate, the Office of Legal Services will provide Tri-C students with legal advice to address legal issues that may have a negative impact on their studies. If the Office of Legal Services cannot provide advice, it will try to provide the student with contact information for organizations, such as the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, that may be able to help. Attorneys from the Office of Legal Services and law students under their direct supervision will only provide legal advice and cannot serve as the student’s personal attorney.
Dates and Locations
Please call Karen Trumbo at 216-987-4856 for dates.
The legal clinics are open to all Tri-C students regardless of the campus you may attend. Students are encouraged to attend the legal clinic at the campus that best fits your schedules. Students should bring a valid government issued ID and your My Tri-C Card as well as a copy of your criminal record, if available. Follow the scheduling link to make an appointment on the date and time that is most convenient to you. If you do not make an appointment through the scheduling link, you can still attend any of the above listed legal clinics, however the Office of Legal Services will provide assistance to students without appointments on a first come first serve basis and only as time permits.
The legal clinics are judgment free zones and all consultations with attorneys for the Office of Legal Services, law students, and paralegals will be kept confidential.
The legal clinics are a general service that provides limited legal information. The College’s Office of Legal Services is not a law firm and our employees are not acting as your attorney. The limited legal information provided is general legal information and should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to any specific factual situation. Any use of the legal clinics or this website DOES NOT create or constitute a[n attorney solicitor]-client relationship between the College or any employee of or other person associated with the College and a student.