Wayne State University

Free Legal Aid Clinic

The Free Legal Aid Clinic is an independent nonprofit organization with a board of directors composed of Wayne Law students, who also run the clinic's day-to-day operations. It was established in 1965 after the Michigan Supreme Court adopted a court rule allowing law students to represent indigent people under the supervision of an attorney.

Students in this clinic handle family law matters under the supervision of lawyers from Lakeshore Legal Aid and elder law matters under the supervision of lawyers from the Elder Law and Advocacy Center.

Students can earn academic credit for working at the clinic by taking the Law School's Public Interest Externship courses. Students can work toward their pro bono certification by volunteering at the clinic. Some paid positions also are available.

For more information about the clinic, call (313) 833-0058 or visit www.detroitflac.com.

"The professors at Wayne Law took a personal interest in my study, and I felt prepared for the professional world when I graduated. I worked for the Free Legal Aid Clinic my first summer, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. I actually got to go to court, and it was valuable to know how court actually worked, and, at the same time, you're helping people who really need it."

Michael Gibbs
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Whataburger
Wayne Law Class of 1999

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