Wayne State University

Clinic, externship courses

Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic
LEX 8604 Cr. 6
Co-Requisites/Prerequisites: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and LEX 7371 Immigration and Nationality Law or permission of instructor
The course in the classroom component of this clinic will teach students (1) the lawyering skills and values needed to effectively represent clients, and (2) the legal skills and knowledge needed to represent, in particular, clients seeking asylum or other immigration benefits, including in an Immigration Court hearing. The course will utilize a simulation of an asylum case throughout the semester to explore certain legal skills in depth. the course will also explore professional responsibility issues commonly faced by immigration attorneys. In the clinical component, students will represent individual clients on a variety of immigration matters including, but not limited to, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U and T visas for victims of trafficking and other crimes, relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Temporary Protected Status, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, as well as helping clients who obtain relief with family reunification, adjustment and eventually, naturalization. Meets the professional skills requirement.

Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8606 Cr. 2
Prereq.: LEX 8604 Asylum and Immigration Law and consent of the instructor

In this clinic students will continue their work with the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic gaining increased experience in different settings and issues. Students may also organize and participate in community outreach projects.

Business and Community Law Clinic
LEX8631 Cr. 4
Co-Requisites/Prerequisites: Students must have completed all required first-year courses and have completed or concurrently be taking: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession; and (2) LEX 7156 Corporations. It is also recommended that students take or have taken one or more of the following: (a) LEX 7816 Taxation; (b)LEX 7420 Introduction to Intellectual Property; (c) LEX 7136 Copyright Law; (d) LEX 7656 Patent Law; and (e) LEX 7831 Trademarks and Unfair Competition. Students must also be in good academic standing and have at least a cumulative “C” (2.0) average.

Business and Community Law Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8633 Cr. 2
Prereq: Students must have completed the Business and Community Law Clinic.

Students must be in good academic standing and have at least a cumulative “C” (2.0) average. Participation requires the invitation of the instructor and a demonstrated commitment to business law, community economic development, or nonprofit law. Enrollment limited to two students per semester. Students who have successfully completed the Business and Community Law Clinic may, at the invitation of the instructor, enroll in the Advanced Business and Community Law Clinic. There is no classroom component. Students will be expected to spend between five and ten hours a week continuing their work on ongoing cases that have significant deadlines during the semester. Advanced Clinic students will also work with BCL faculty to provide direction and guidance to those enrolled in the BCL Clinic for the first time, in areas in which Advanced Clinic students have already acquired some expertise, as well as coordinate community outreach and informational programs. Time spent in the Advanced Clinic will include a one-hour weekly meeting with the BCL faculty to discuss the status of client matters. Grading is on an honors, pass, low pass and no credit basis. 

Civil Rights Clinic
LEX 8607 Cr. 4 per term, 8 required (credit on completion of two terms)
Pre-requisites: passing grades in all required first-year courses, good academic standing, GPA of 2.0 or higher. Pre- or Co-requisites: Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession (LEX6800), Evidence (LEX 7266). Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of twelve students, with instructor approval required before registration.
This intensive year-long 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. 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 encounter 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.

Corporate Counsel Externship: Practicum
LEX 8515 Cr. 2
Prereq or Coreq: LEX 6800; LEX 7156; Coreq: LEX 8516. Satisfactory completion of at least thirty law school credits, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned; good academic standing; GPA of 2.0 or higher (2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet received thirty credits, 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis.
Students perform 150 hours of unpaid work in corporate counsel offices of non-profit and for-profit entities for two credits. Students are assigned tasks similar to those performed by attorneys in corporate counsel or general counsel offices. The Practicum is an opportunity for students to develop professional skills, including legal analysis and reasoning, contract drafting, problem solving, communication, teamwork, negotiation, and fact-finding. Students will also learn about important workplace issues such as time management, corporate culture, professionalism, and giving and receiving feedback.

Corporate Counsel Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8516 Cr. 2  
Prereq or Coreq: LEX 6800; LEX 7156; Coreq: LEX 8516 or concurrently working at least ten hours per week for an approved field supervisor. Completion of at least thirty law school credits, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned; good academic standing; GPA of 2.0 or higher (2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet received thirty credits of grades, 3.0 for LL.M. students).
Students will learn about substantive issues encountered in an in-house legal department and the ethical responsibilities of in-house counsel. Substantial class time is devoted to professional skills instruction on topics such as working with outside counsel, conflicts management, contract drafting, and conducting internal investigations. Students will also participate in facilitated discussion and analysis of their fieldwork observations and experiences. Chief legal officers, general counsel, and senior managing attorneys will guest lecture in some classes.

Criminal Appellate Practice Clinic
LEX 8601 Cr. 4
Prereq.: LEX 7161 Criminal Procedure I, LEX 7166 Criminal Procedure II or LEX 7266 Evidence recommended
This class is open to students who have completed all first year course work and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Clinical legal writing experience. Students prepare briefs and other pleadings for indigent clients with pending felony appeals in cooperation with the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office. Students meet with the instructor in individual sessions and class sessions to discuss writing, research and the appellate and correctional processes. Students have client contact and participate in simulated court argument. Meets the professional skills requirement.

Criminal Justice Externship: Practicum
LEX 8505 Cr. 2
Prereq. or co-req: LEX 6800; Co-req.: LEX 8506
Students perform 150 hours of unpaid work in a criminal prosecutor or defender's office. Students are assigned tasks similar to those performed by entry-level prosecutors and defenders.  

Criminal Justice Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8506 Cr. 2
Prereq. or co-req: LEX 6800;Co-req.: LEX 8505 or concurrently working at least 10 hours per week for an approved prosecutor or defender’s office. 
Substantial class time is devoted to professional skills instruction and to facilitated discussion and analysis of students' fieldwork observations and experiences in Lex 8505.

Free Legal Aid
LEX 8621 Cr. 4
Pre- or Co-Requisites: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and 
invitation to work at the Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc. from that organization’s board of directors. Students must be in good academic standing and have successfully completed all first-year required courses; GPA of 2.0 or higher.
The Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc. (FLAC) is a student-run, non-profit organization with a board of directors composed entirely of current Wayne Law students. FLAC partners with legal services organizations to provide free legal services to low-income people in Wayne County. FLAC students practice under the supervision of legal aid attorneys and law school faculty pursuant to the Michigan Student Practice Rule. Students, who work an average of 12-14 hours per week, are responsible for all aspects of the cases assigned to them, including interviewing clients, drafting pleadings and other court filings, arguing motions, conducting trials and evidentiary hearings, negotiating with opposing counsel, researching legal issues, and drafting legal documents. Students participate in a twice-weekly seminar class for this letter-graded course. Credits earned meet the experiential learning and clinical education requirements.

Free Legal Aid (Advanced)
LEX 8622 Cr. 2
Prerequisites: LEX 8621 Free Legal Aid course and consent of instructor. Students must be in good academic standing and have successfully completed all first-year required courses; GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Students continue to work 12-14 hours per week at FLAC, taking on more complex cases and leadership roles within the organization. Students will meet with faculty on a weekly basis to discuss topics such as law practice management and non-profit management, as well as advanced substantive law topics and skills training. Students may also mentor new students and act as teaching assistants for the basic Free Legal Aid course. Limited enrollment, prior faculty approval required.

Judicial Externship: Practicum
LEX 8507 Cr. 2
Pre-req. or co-req: LEX 6800; Co-req.: LEX 8508
Students perform 150 hours of unpaid work in judicial chambers. Students are assigned tasks similar to those performed by judicial clerks.

Judicial Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8508 Cr. 2
Prereq. or co-req: LEX 6800; co-req.: LEX 8507 or concurrently working at least 10 hours per week for an approved field supervisor. 
Substantial class time is devoted to professional skills instruction and to facilitated discussion and analysis of students' fieldwork observations and experiences in Lex 8507.

Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic
LEX 8661 Cr. 6
Prereq: Completion of at least thirty law school credits, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned; good academic standing; GPA of 2.0 or higher. Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession (LEX6800) Students may be required to have a flu shot and tuberculosis test to work with the clinic’s clients. Students will be graded on an Honors-Pass-Low Pass-No Credit basis.
Students in this clinic work with healthcare professionals at the Karmanos Cancer Center to identify and resolve legal issues that present barriers to patient care and wellbeing. Students advise and assist people with cancer in matters pertaining to health insurance, housing, employee rights and benefits, estate and healthcare planning, and public benefits. Students will develop skills that can be used in a broad range of practice settings, including interviewing and counseling, case management, problem-solving, persuasive fact analysis, legal drafting, negotiation, effective oral communication, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students will examine ethical issues that most lawyers are likely to encounter, using decisions that must be made in their cases as source material for analysis. Ethical issues explored include: maintaining confidentiality; identifying and managing conflicts of interest; establishing, defining the scope of, and terminating the lawyer-client relationship; and allocating decision-making authority between lawyer and client. Students will learn about legal issues that affect people with cancer, the complex intersection of law and health, the medical‐legal partnership model of legal services delivery, and client- centered and holistic approaches to the lawyer‐client relationship.

Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8662 Cr. 2
Prereq: Successful completion of the LAPC (LEX8661) with a grade of Honors or Pass; good academic standing; GPA of 2.0 or higher; invitation to participate by course instructors. Grade mode is honors pass, pass, low pass, no credit.

Students continue their work on cases or projects begun in the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer (LAPC) Clinic that could not be completed in a single term, work on new cases or projects that involve more complex issues or give students opportunities to develop additional skills, or serve as teaching assistants for the LAPC Clinic. Students will be expected to perform at least 100 hours of clinical work, including regular and frequent meetings with the course instructors. This course does not have a classroom component, but students who serve as teaching assistants will be expected to participate in some LAPC classes. Students will be required to document their clinical work through detailed, contemporaneous time logs.

Patent Procurement Clinic
LEX 8615 Cr.4
Prereq.: Students must successfully have completed all required first-year courses and Patent Law (LEX 7656), and have completed or concurrently be taking Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession (LEX 6800).  Students also must be in good academic standing and have at least a cumulative 2.5 grade point average.  Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic.  Credits earned in the clinic are subject to the fourteen-credit cap on applied and skills courses [clinics and externships].
Technical Prerequisites: Students must meet PTO qualifications for participation, including at least a bachelor’s degree in a recognized technical subject such as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, and physics.

Students in this clinic represent clients in patent procurement matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Detroit, Michigan Satellite Office.  Students’ work will include interviewing and counseling clients, fact investigation, performing legal research, conducting prior art searches, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications.  Students learn the skills and values needed to effectively represent clients in patent procurement matters.  Students also explore substantive areas of patent law that arise in the matters they are handling.  In addition, students explore professional responsibility issues commonly faced by patent attorneys, such as conflicts, competence, and confidentiality. The Patent Procurement Clinic (“PPC”) is a one-semester clinic graded on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No credit basis.  The PPC satisfies the professional skills requirement but not the upper-class writing requirement.  In a typical semester, enrollment in the clinic will be limited to 8 students.

Patent Procurement Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8616 Cr.2
Prereq: Completion of Patent Procurement Clinic (PPC)(LEX 8615); Approval of instructor; Students will be graded on an Honors-Pass-Low Pass-No Credit basis.

Students in this clinic represent clients in patent procurement matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Detroit, Michigan, Satellite Office. There is no classroom component in the Advanced Patent Procurement Clinic. Students will be expected to spend between five to ten hours per week continuing work on ongoing cases that have significant deadlines during the semester, gaining increased experience in different settings and addressing more complex issues. Advanced Clinic students will also work with PPC faculty to provide direction and guidance to those enrolled in the PPC Clinic for the first time, in areas in which Advanced Clinic students have already acquired some expertise. Time spent in the Advanced Clinic will include a one-hour weekly meeting with the Clinic’s faculty to discuss the status of client matters

Public Interest Externship: Practicum
LEX 8598 Cr. 2
Pre-req. or co-req.: LEX 6800; co-req: LEX 8599
Students perform 150 hours of unpaid work in public interest settings settings. Students are assigned tasks similar to those performed by entry-level public interest lawyers.

Public Interest Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8599 Cr. 2
Pre-req. or co-req.: LEX 6800; co-req.: LEX 8598 or concurrently working at least 10 hours per week in an approved public interest setting. 
Substantial class time is devoted to professional skills instruction and to facilitated discussion and analysis of students' fieldwork observations and experiences in Lex 8598.

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic
LEX 8611 Cr. 4
Open only to students who have completed all required first-year law courses. Prereq. or coreq: LEX 7006 and LEX 7231; or advance written consent of instructor. Skills and strategies needed to affect environmental policy in the three branches of state and federal government. Classroom sessions include current environmental policy challenges and opportunities; guest speakers. Clinical component includes preparation of policy papers and formal legislative testimony, commenting on rulemaking and permit decisions, and engaging in judicial review and enforcement litigation; students work with Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8610 Cr. 2
Prereq.: good academic standing; LEX 8611

Students continue their work with the Environmental Law Clinic, gaining increased experience in different settings an issues; students will work with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and may be involved in formally representing other community organizations and public interest groups.

 

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