Wayne State University

Message from the dean

Photo of Lance GableWayne Law is a special place, and I am proud of all of the exciting programs and opportunities going on at our Law School. Detroit is an amazing place to be right now.

At Wayne Law, we are committed to providing great opportunities both in the classroom and outside of it. Our Law School is a vibrant community that values ideas and knowledge. Our courses and programs, taught by scholars who are the best in their fields, will prepare you to apply this knowledge and pursue the legal career you want.

The study of public interest law is flourishing at Wayne Law. Students can earn a concentration in civil rights and social justice law, which brings together coursework, clinical and externship opportunities, pro bono community service and other activities. Our Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights is home to the Detroit Equity Action Lab, which brings together organizations working in the many dimensions of racial equity to address issues of structural racism in Detroit. Our Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic and Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, as well as numerous extracurricular activities, provide a solid base for students interested in pursuing a career in civil rights law.

Wayne Law has expanded opportunities for our students to participate in Detroit's economic renewal with a growing focus on creating and sustaining businesses in and around the city. Our Business and Community Law Clinic allows students to develop transactional legal skills by working directly with businesses and entrepreneurs to advise them on business and legal matters. Our Patent Procurement Clinic gives students the opportunity to develop skills in drafting patent applications and to work with clients and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Our Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law coordinates the business law curriculum and combines the strengths of experienced faculty, enthusiastic students and extensive community partnerships to enhance the legal proficiency and capacity of Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Levin Center at Wayne Law, led by former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, brings together students, attorneys, legislators, scholars and public servants to examine the role of public officials in conducting oversight of public and private institutions to achieve integrity, transparency and accountability in our society. Through the Levin Center, students can participate in internships on Capitol Hill with Senate committees.

Through our Program for International Legal Studies, students have several opportunities for study abroad after their first or second year. International Public Interest Law Fellowships allow students to work for non-governmental organizations around the world, advocating on issues including the environment, human rights, law reform and women's rights.

Now, as always, Wayne Law has a key role to play here in Detroit, educating the advocates who support our community and excel as lawyers and leaders. The Law School is committed to doing everything we can to support the revitalization of Detroit.

Thank you for your interest in Wayne Law. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact my office at (313) 577-3933.

Sincerely,

Lance Gable
Interim Dean

Training the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders