Wayne State University

Clinic, externship courses

Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic
LEX 8604 Cr. 6
Corequisites/prerequisites: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and (2) LEX 7371 Immigration and Nationality Law

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 have obtained relief with family reunification, adjustment and eventually, naturalization.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Enrollment is limited and varies each semester. Consent of instructor required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic. Apply for this clinic

Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8606 Cr. 2
Prerequisite: LEX 8604 Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic

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.
Notes: Invitation to participate from instructor required. No scheduled class meeting.

Business and Community Law Clinic
LEX 8631 Cr. 6
Corequisites/prerequisites: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession; and (2) LEX 7156 Corporations.
Recommended courses: (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.

The classroom component of this clinic teaches students the skills and values needed to effectively represent entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations on transactional matters, including client interviewing, counseling and contract drafting and negotiation skills. It will also address areas of law urban entrepreneurs commonly encounter through choice of business entity, commercial real estate leasing, copyright and trademark, and more. In the clinical component, students represent urban entrepreneurs and nonprofit clients on a variety of transactional matters ranging from entity formation, to federal and state tax exemption applications, to counseling on the protection and licensing of intellectual property. Students interview the clients, determine their needs, develop an action plan to address those needs, and provide the appropriate legal services.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Enrollment is limited and varies each semester. Consent of instructor required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic. Apply for this clinic

Business and Community Law Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8633 Cr. 2
Prerequisite: Business and Community Law Clinic.

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.
Notes: Invitation to participate from instructor required. No scheduled class meeting.

Civil Rights Clinic
LEX 8607 Cr. 4 per term, 8 required (credit on completion of two terms)
Corequisites/prerequisites: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and (2) LEX 7266 Evidence.
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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Enrollment is limited and varies each semester. Consent of instructor required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic. Must be elected and completed in both the fall and winter terms of the same academic year to receive credit. Apply for this clinic.

Corporate Counsel Externship: Practicum
LEX 8515 Cr. 2
Corequisite/prerequisite: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and LEX 7156 Corporations
Corequisite: (1) LEX 8516 Corporate Counsel Externship: Colloquium.

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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Corporate Counsel Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8516 Cr. 2  
Corequisite/prerequisite: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and (2) LEX 7156 Corporations
Corequisite: (1) LEX 8516 Corporate Counsel Externship: Practicum or (2) concurrently working at least 150 hours during the semester for an approved field supervisor.

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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Criminal Appellate Practice Clinic
LEX 8601 Cr. 4
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession
Recommended courses: (1) LEX 7161 Criminal Procedure: Investigation, (2) LEX 7166 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication or (3) LEX 7266 Evidence.

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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement or upper-level writing requirement, but not both. Enrollment is limited and varies each semester. Consent of director of clinical education required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic. Apply for this clinic.

Criminal Justice Externship: Practicum
LEX 8505 Cr. 2
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession.
Corequisite: LEX 8506 Criminal Justice Externship: Colloquium

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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Criminal Justice Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8506 Cr. 2
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession
Corequisite: (1) LEX 8505 Criminal Justice Externship: Practicum or (2) concurrently working at least 150 hours during the semester 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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Free Legal Aid
LEX 8621 Cr. 4
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession.

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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Invitation to work at the Free Legal Aid Clinic Inc. from that organization's board of directors required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic." Apply.

Free Legal Aid (Advanced)
LEX 8622 Cr. 2
Prerequisite: LEX 8621 Free Legal Aid course.

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.
Notes: Leadership role in the Free Legal Aid Clinic Inc. and consent of the instructor required.

Judicial Externship: Practicum
LEX 8507 Cr. 2
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession
Corequisite: LEX 8508 Judicial Externship: Colloquium

Students perform 150 hours of unpaid work in judicial chambers. Students are assigned tasks similar to those performed by judicial clerks.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Judicial Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8508 Cr. 2
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession
Corequisite: (1) LEX 8507 Judicial Externship: Practicum or (2) concurrently working at least 150 hours during the semester 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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic
LEX 8661 Cr. 6
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession
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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Enrollment is limited and varies each semester. Consent of instructor required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic. Participation in this clinic may require a flu shot, tuberculosis testing and TDaP testing. The cost will be covered by the clinic. Apply for this clinic.

Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8662 Cr. 2
Prerequisite: LEX 8661 Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic.

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.
Notes: Invitation to participate from the instructor required. No scheduled class meeting time.

Patent Procurement Clinic
LEX 8615 Cr.4
Corequisites/prerequisites: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and (2) LEX 7656 Patent Law
Technical prerequisites: Students must meet U.S. Patent and Trademark Office qualifications for participation, including either at least a bachelor’s degree in a recognized technical subject such as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and physics, or a demonstrated knowledge of the same through undergraduate course work or work experience.

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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Enrollment is limited and varies each semester. Consent of instructor required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic. Apply for this clinic.

Patent Procurement Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8616 Cr.2
Prerequisite: LEX 8615 Patent Procurement Clinic

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
Notes: Invitation to participate from instructor required. No scheduled class meeting times.

Public Interest Externship: Practicum
LEX 8598 Cr. 2
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession
Corequisite: LEX 8599 Public Interest Externship: Colloquium

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.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Public Interest Externship: Colloquium
LEX 8599 Cr. 2
Corequisite/prerequisite: LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession
Corequisite: (1) LEX 8598 Public Interest Externship: Practicum or (2) concurrently working at least 150 hours during the semester 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 8598.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Limited to 16 students. Consent of director of externship programs or director of clinic education required. Students must have completed at least 30 law school credits by the time the course begins, with passing grades in all first-year courses for which grades have been assigned. Students must be in good academic standing and satisfy minimum cumulative GPA requirements at the time of application (2.0 for J.D. students who have already completed at least 30 law school credits, 2.33 for J.D. students who have not yet completed at least 30 law school credits but are expected to have done so by the time the course begins, and 3.0 for LL.M. students). Grading will be on an Honors, Pass, Low Pass, No Credit basis. Apply for this externship.

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic
LEX 8611 Cr. 6
Corequisite/prerequisite: (1) LEX 6800 Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession and (2) LEX 7231 Environmental Law
Recommended course: LEX 7006 Administrative Law

The classroom component of this clinic will teach students the skills and strategies needed to affect environmental policy in the three branches of state and federal government. Classroom sessions include discussions and exploration about current environmental policy challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives and guest speakers from government, public interest and regulated industries. The 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 will work with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
Notes: Meets the professional skills requirement. Enrollment is limited and varies each semester. Consent of instructor required. Open only to students who have completed all required first-year courses. Students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Preference will be given to graduating students and students who have not previously taken a live-client clinic. Apply for this clinic

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic (Advanced)
LEX 8610 Cr. 2
Prerequisite: LEX 8611 Transnational Environmental Law Clinic

Students continue their work with the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic, gaining increased experience in different settings and 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.
Notes: Invitation to participate from instructor required. No scheduled class meeting times.

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