This intensive yearlong clinic gives students the opportunity to represent low-income individuals in matters arising under state and federal civil rights laws and the U.S. Constitution.
The clinic focuses on matters arising under federal civil rights laws with a particular emphasis on pressing disability and educational civil rights issues in southeast Michigan, such as barrier-free access to essential community services; school inclusion of children with disabilities; educational rights of homeless, immigrant and non-English speaking children; and equal access to charter schools.
Students, usually in pairs, are the primary case handlers, participating in all of the significant events and all of the important decisions that must be made. Students will learn to address many of the difficult choices and challenges faced by civil rights lawyers, including developing a legal theory, identifying the right parties and structuring the case to navigate the minefield of potential defenses. Students interview and counsel clients, draft pleadings and discovery requests, take and defend depositions, prepare and argue motions, represent clients in evidentiary hearings and negotiate with opposing counsel.
Credit hours: 8 total, 4 per term (course must be elected and completed in both fall and winter terms to receive credit)
Time commitment: Students will be expected to devote 15 to 20 hours per week to clinic work, including 12 hours per week of "office hours" in the clinic's office.
Pre- or co-requisites: Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession (LEX 6800), Evidence (LEX 7266)
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