MSU Law Clinic


Clinic students build experience and skills while helping real clients. Our clinics change lives for elderly renters on the brink of eviction, refugees from global conflicts, and unaccompanied immigrant children, as well as members of other underserved groups. Students have ownership of their cases. They navigate complex legal institutions on behalf of their clients with one-on-one support from dedicated faculty members.

On any given day, our clinic students are representing clients in court, investigating cases and developing strategies, mediating conflicts, preparing paperwork, and advocating for social change.

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  • Clinic Applications

    The clinic is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application is available in CASE and the application deadline is 5pm on Friday, March 12th. Please see the instructions below for completing the application.

    • This is the only opportunity to apply for a clinic for next year.
    • Read all instructions.
    • Depending on the number of credits, you are required to complete between 196 - 294 hours of clinic work.
    • The application is for one clinic for one semester. You must make a selection for the semester. If you are open to doing a clinic in either fall or spring, select "No Preference". If you are interested in participating in two clinics, you must fill out two applications and indicate your semester preference for each one.
    • Some clinics have a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning of the semester. You will be notified if this is the case.
    • The Civil Rights clinic is for two semesters.
    • The First Amendment is for Fall 2021 only. It is not offered in the spring.
    • Intellectual Property is a practicum, not a clinic. It will be offered in Fall 2021 only for 3 credits.
  • How do I apply?
    • Log into CASE . If you have never logged into CASE, click on “Sign up for an account” and enter your MSU email address, then create a password according to the guidelines listed. Agree to the terms of service, then click the sign up button. You will be prompted for some information.
    • Click on "Experiential Learning" in the sidebar menu, then click on "+New Experience" in the upper right corner.
    • The employer is "Michigan State University College of Law - Clinics (ExpLrn Only)”. It will populate when you start typing. DO NOT add a new employer.
    • The experiential type is "Clinic". Once you select this, follow the detailed instructions at the top of the page to complete the application.
    • After making your semester choice, click on yes for a list of clinics. You must rank you preferences or select "Not interested".
    • You must also submit a statement of interest (no more than two pages, double spaced), current resume, and law school transcripts. An unofficial copy of your transcript is acceptable.
    • Once you click save your application will be in draft status. You must then upload the required documents as one PDF, in the order above, in the "Documents and Forms" tab.
    • After you have uploaded the documents and you are satisfied with all of the information you have entered, click on the "Submit for approval" button at the top. You will not be able to make changes once you submit your application. If you need to make changes, email Jesse Alvarez.