Business and Community Law Clinic

The Business and Community Law Clinic (BCLC) at Wayne State University Law School offers free transactional legal services to qualifying organizations in Detroit and underserved areas across Michigan that aspire to create social impact and increase equity. Under the supervision of experienced and licensed faculty, upper-level law student attorneys assume primary responsibility and work directly with organizational clients to address their transactional legal needs. 

Through this work, the BCLC's goals are to:

  • Provide upper-level law students with the opportunity to learn the theory, skills and practice of transactional lawyering through supervised representation of qualifying organizational clients, while also learning how transactional law can contribute to organizations' triple bottom line (people, profits, planet/environment, equity, economy);
  • Support qualifying organizations that serve the community and contribute to the entrepreneurial momentum in Detroit and underserved areas across Michigan, with valuable corporate and transactional legal assistance; and
  • Encourage the growth of social enterprise in Detroit and Michigan. (Social enterprises (1) are organizations (for-profit, non-profit or a hybrid) (2) that use entrepreneurial and/or equitable strategies (3) to pursue outcomes that are not only financially oriented, but also positively impact employees, other stakeholders, the community and the environment.)

More information for prospective clients and students, as well as news, upcoming events and contact information for faculty and staff can be found below.

Typical matters handled and sample clients

The BCLC's services include assistance with organizational documents, corporate governance and compliance, operational contracts, financial documents and select intellectual property protection. Sample clients of the BCLC include:

  • A nonprofit organization that seeks to promote public interest design to promote altruism in Linwood Gardens, Detroit and the world
  • A joint venture of two educational organizations that operate a community workshop in Brightmoor for building skills and an incubator for new enterprise
  • A for-profit feminist collective that promotes creative expression and camaraderie among underrepresented female-identified musicians and artists in Detroit with an ultimate goal of creating a collaborative, female-owned and operated music and art community space
  • A nonprofit that raises awareness and recycles tire waste in Detroit through artistic, educational and design activities

For prospective clients

Community-based for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises contribute to thriving, sustainable, inclusive and equitable cities – yet they are often unable to address their corporate and transactional legal needs due to the unaffordability of legal services. The BCLC seeks to strengthen such enterprises and the communities they serve by providing free transactional legal assistance to organizations at all stages of formation and operation that meet the BCLC's selection criteria.

Online application

Information about Legal Services

For prospective students

The BCLC is a six-credit course open to upper-level law students who (1) have taken or are concurrently enrolled in Corporations and (2) demonstrate interest, through other coursework, activities and experience, in transactional law and public service. Student attorneys normally represent multiple clients; interact with client executive management, board members and key representatives; and collaborate with other professionals, service providers and experts to holistically address the needs of their organizational clients. Advanced BCLC is a two-credit course open to students who have successfully completed the BCLC, with permission of BCLC faculty.

Course Information for Students


Upcoming events


Neighborhood Small Business Legal Office Hours

  • Brightmoor: Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 10 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Southwest Detroit: Tuesday, March 19 @ 10 to 10:30 a.m. in English or Spanish and 11 to 11:30 a.m. in English or Vietnamese
  • Grandmont Rosedale: Thursday, March 21 @ Noon to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Mack Avenue: Monday, March 25 @ 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Osborn: Monday, April 8, 2019 @ 2 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m.
  • East Jefferson: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m. 

Community Legal Workshop

  • Feb. 21: Free BCLC Community Legal Workshop in Flint (in partnership with The Ferris Wheel)
  • April 5: Free BCLC Community Legal Workshop in Detroit (in partnership with the WSU School of Social Work)

2nd Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference

  • Friday, April 5 @ 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mike Ilitch School of Business 

Past events

  • Oct. 9 and Nov. 13: Fall 2018 Free BCLC Community Legal Office Hours in Detroit neighborhood locations (in partnership with TechTown) (bilingual for Spanish-speaking individuals)
  • Oct. 9 - Nov. 26: Fall 2018 Free BCLC Community Legal Office Hours in Detroit neighborhood locations (in partnership with TechTown)
  • Winter 2018 Free BCLC Community Legal Office Hours
  • Oct. 10, 2018: Free BCLC Community Legal Workshop in Detroit (in partnership with TechTown)
  • Oct. 13, 2018: Free BCLC Community Legal Workshop in Flint (in partnership with UM-Flint)
  • April 6, 2018: BCLC Legal Workshop at Social Enterprise Conference
  • April 10, 2018: Neighborhood Small Business Legal Office Hours (bilingual for Spanish-speaking individuals)


Wayne Law, TechTown joining forces to offer free legal office hours

Anne Choike named director of Business and Community Law Clinic


Wayne State University Law School
Business and Community Law Clinic
471 W. Palmer St.
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Office: (313) 577-4015

Assistant Professor (Clinical) Anne Choike
Director of Business and Community Law Clinic

Jane Warkentin
Clinical Programs Manager and Staff Attorney

Ryan Doss
Office Services Clerk Senior

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