Workers' Rights Clinic - Litigation
Each year hundreds of workers are unfairly denied their statutory right to the unemployment benefits of the Michigan Employment Security Act. This five-credit litigation clinic gives you a chance to fight on their behalf.
Along the way you will get to:
- improve your brief-writing skills
- improve your trial advocacy skills
- improve your oral-argument skills
- help with high-level strategy decisions
- shape Michigan's unemployment law and policies
The clinic is team taught and includes the opportunity to get line-by-line feedback on your drafts from both your faculty supervisor and Professor Patrick Barry. There are few better ways to become a better writer and advocate. Students will work on a mix of complex cases where they draft appellate briefs to the Michigan Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and circuit courts. There may also be opportunities to take on policy initiatives, which could include direct interaction with the State legislature and drafting amicus curiae briefs on various important cases.
WRC Litigation is a 5 credit course and meets the New York Pro-Bono requirement. WRC Litigation is mandatory graded and ineligible for letter grade conversion to pass ("P") election. The Clinic fulfills the Law School's professional responsibility requirement for graduation, but does not fulfill the New York State Bar ethics requirement. For students who matriculated in or after May 2016, the Clinic can either fulfill the Law School's professional responsibility requirement for graduation, fulfill the upper-level writing requirement, or the credits can count toward the Experiential Learning requirement -- it cannot be used to fulfill more than one of these three particular requirements. The Clinic fulfills the Statutory or Regulatory Course Distribution Requirement for graduation applicable to JD students who matriculated in May 2016 and thereafter.
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