MSU College of Law

Samuel R. Smith

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

After 20 years at the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office, Mr. Smith is now a Commissioner for the Michigan State Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Detroit School of Law. He has been an adjunct professor for trial workshop, civil case preparation courses and client counseling.

  • Client Counseling and Interviewing
    (Formerly DCL 450) This course adopts a client-centered approach in looking at legal problems and examines how to make clients partners in problem solving. Attention is paid to the economic, social and psychological aspects of clients' legal problems. The course starts with an examination of fundamental counseling skills, followed by an analysis of the information gathering process and ultimate decision making. Because this course duplicates the content of courses in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute program, students in the FTPI may not receive academic credit for this course.