Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Peter Renstrom

Second Advisor

Norma Van Rheenen

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Pritchard


The movement to respond to the civil legal needs of the poor had its beginning in New York City in 1876 with the German Legal Aid Society, which was created by German-American laypersons to provide aid for indigent German immigrants. By 1910, legal aid societies had been set up in eight additional cities (Stumpf, 1975) . The purpose of these organizations was, and still is, to provide legal assistance to low-income people in civil cases exclusively. Their structure remains the same as well--each of the offices is set up as a private, non-profit, charitable organization.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only