Wayne State University

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Clinic

Photo of winter 2014 students in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties ClinicA collaborative venture with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Clinic gives students the opportunity to litigate civil rights and civil liberties impact cases before state and federal courts. Students, usually in pairs, are assigned to be the primary case handlers in one of the ACLU of Michigan’s more basic cases, participating in all of the significant events and all of the important decisions that must be made during the semester. In addition, each student is assigned to handle discrete tasks in one or more complex cases that address issues of particular interest to the student.

All students are exposed to the full range of issues on the docket of the ACLU of Michigan, including:

  • Freedom of speech and expression
  • Immigrant rights
  • Juvenile justice
  • LGBT rights
  • Police misconduct
  • Poverty and civil liberties
  • Prisoner rights
  • Privacy
  • Racial justice
  • Religious freedom
  • Reproductive freedom
  • Right to counsel
  • Voting rights
  • Women’s rights

Students will be expected to devote about 20 to 25 hours per week to clinic work, including two, two-hour class sessions per week and at least 12 hours of “office hours” per week at the ACLU of Michigan’s office. Students will receive six credits for participating in this clinic. The clinic is graded on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass or No Credit basis.

Pre-requisites: Passing grades in all required first-year courses (including Civil Procedure B), good academic standing, GPA of 2.5 or higher

Co-requisite: Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession (LEX 6800)

Recommended but not required: Constitutional Law II (LEX 7126), Evidence (LEX 7266)

Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of eight students, with instructor approval required before registration.

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan