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Michigan Law Clinical Programs: Information for the Public

The Clinical Programs at Michigan Law provide legal services to members of the community in a variety of areas, as described below. For a brief explanation of and the opportunity to leave a voicemail with each clinic, please call (734) 764-7700.

Prospective Clients

Prospective clients must follow the particular clinic's requirements for application. Walk-ins are not accepted by any clinic.

Application Does Not Guarantee Acceptance

Contacting Michigan Law does not guarantee that a clinic will take your case. While each clinic hopes to serve as many clients as possible, they typically only have resources to accept a small portion of the clients that apply. Each clinic reserves the right to accept, waitlist, or deny any applicant. Communication with any clinic does not constitute or create an attorney-client relationship.

If you have pressing legal needs, please do not wait to hear from the clinic before pursuing other potential legal service providers (see sidebar).

Child Advocacy Law Clinic

Contact

(734) 763-5000

Types of Clients Represented

Parents, children, foster parents, and relatives involved in the foster-care system. 

Additional Notes

Primarily practices in Washtenaw and Genesee counties. 

Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic

Contact

(734) 763-4319
mclp@umich.edu

Types of Clients Represented

The Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic provides free legal representation to people who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The clinic has handled criminal misdemeanor cases and a wide variety of civil cases, such as landlord-tenant, consumer fraud, contract disputes, prisoners' civil rights, discrimination, political asylum, torts, habeas corpus, debt collection defense, public benefits claims, insurance, etc.

Additional Notes

Only accepts new clients between the months of September and April. Does not accept any clients from May to August. 

Community Enterprise Clinic

Contact

CEDlawclinic@umich.edu
(313) 593-0934 (Detroit)
(734) 615-8735 (Ann Arbor)

Types of Clients Represented

Nonprofit and community-based organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small business in Detroit and other under-served urban areas of the region that need legal advice to start or operate their organization or enterprise.

For potential start-up clients, the CEC's services are best suited to clients that have spent time developing a plan for their organization or business and have clear ideas about their goals and methods for achieving them.

Additional Notes

Interested persons may apply to become a client of the clinic by submitting an application form, linked below. If you do not have access to a computer, or would prefer to give your information over the phone, please use one of the contact numbers listed above.

Formerly known as the "Community and Economic Development Clinic."

Criminal Appellate Practice

Contact

(734) 647-3595

Types of Clients Represented

Convicted felons on appeal.

Additional Notes

Clients of the CAP clinic are appointed by the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office; it does not accept call-in clients. 

Family Law Project

Contact

(734) 998-9454

Types of Clients Represented

Indigent survivors of domestic violence in Washtenaw County.

Additional Notes

The FLP is an affiliate program of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. The FLP works closely with the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House, which provides counseling and shelter to survivors of domestic violence.

Entrepreneurship Clinic

Contact

(734) 763-1981
lshiltz@umich.edu

Types of Clients Represented

Student-led and other entrepreneurial ventures. Clients may include U-M student-led businesses or individual student inventors.

The clinic also represents U-M alumni concerning technology invented as a student at U-M.

Additional Notes

Interested persons may apply to become a client of the clinic by submitting an application form, linked below.

The clinic generally will not represent ventures concerning University-held intellectual property. Therefore, if your technology was invented or jointly invented by a U-M employee, you should consult U-M’s Office of Technology Transfer for advice concerning your technology.

Human Trafficking Clinic

Contact

(734) 615-3600

Types of Clients Represented

Survivors of human trafficking in a variety of civil legal areas including immigration, post-adjudication criminal relief, family, housing, access to public benefits, and victim-witness advocacy.

Additional Notes

The HTC does not prosecute cases against criminals or investigate criminal matters, though they can assist a survivor in reporting to and working with law enforcement and prosecutors. 

Looking for Help with Estates?

None of the Michigan Law Clinical Programs handle estate planning or probate matters.

For help with these issues, please visit Michigan Legal Help.

Still Looking for Legal Help?

Check out the Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help.

Juvenile Justice Clinic

Contact

(734) 763-1193

Types of Clients Represented

Minors charged with violations of the criminal law and status offenses, primarily in Southeast Michigan family courts.

Additional Notes

Only accepts new clients between the months of September and April. Does not accept any clients from May to August. 

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Contact

(734) 936-3535

Types of Clients Represented

You may be eligible for representation if you meet both of the following requirements:

  1. The amount the IRS says you owe is $50,000 per tax year or less.
  2. Your household's total income does not exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. (See link, below, for information regarding these guidelines.)

Additional Notes

Interested persons may apply to become a client of the clinic by submitting an application form, linked below. If you do not have access to a computer, or would prefer to give your information over the phone, please use the contact number listed above.

Michigan Innocence Clinic

Contact

(734) 763-9353

Michigan Innocence Clinic
University of Michigan Law School
701 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

Types of Clients Represented

Prisoners who have new evidence that may establish that they are actually innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted.

The Michigan Innocence Clinic focuses on innocence cases where there is no DNA to be tested. 

Additional Notes

The Michigan Innocence Clinic does not allow in-person visitors. All communications should be made by phone or by mail.

Pediatric Advocacy Clinic

Contact

(734) 763-1942
pedlaw@umich.edu

Types of Clients Represented

The PAC accepts cases involving children and youth or their immediate families and caretakers referred by physicians and social workers at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ypsilanti Health Center, Corner Health Center, and Washtenaw County Maternal Infant Health Program.

Additional Notes

PAC is not available to provide advice or information relating to medical malpractice, Child Protective Services (CPS), or other legal issues having to do with patient care. 

Workers' Rights Clinic

Contact

(734) 936-2000
law-uic-info@umich.edu

Types of Clients Represented

Recently unemployed workers who need help with their claims for unemployment insurance.

Additional Notes

Formerly known as the "Unemployment Insurance Clinic."

Veterans Legal Clinic

Contact

734.763.2798
ricele@umich.edu

Types of Clients Represented

Veterans (or their immediate families, in some cases) who need legal help in civil matters such as family law (divorce, custody, support, and visitation), eviction, consumer problems, foreclosure, and employment cases.

Veterans with service-related matters such as discharge upgrades.

Additional Notes

Interested persons may apply to become a client of the clinic by submitting an application form, linked below. If you do not have access to a computer, or would prefer to give your information over the phone, please use the contact number listed above.