At present, inexpensive legal assistance is often hard to come by. There are only a limited number of alternatives for people who need a lawyer, even if it is just to ask a question.
For people with limited income, there is the federally-funded Legal Aid program which is run through the county. This program is facing problems due to potential cut-offs of federal funds. However, in the meantime, the lawyers there can answer questions and do manage to get a number of cases into the courts.
For students, there is a branch of Legal Aid on campus. Working out of the Michigan Union, they tend to be young and sympathetic.
A third alternative is the Free Clinic, which has been able to have lawyers available one night a week for people who want to come in and ask questions.