Thank you for your interest in the services of the Business and Community Law Clinic (BCLC) at Wayne State University Law School!
If you are a low-income Detroiter or Michigander with a community-based business, or a for-profit or non-profit organization that aspires to create social good and impact to revitalize Detroit and Michigan, and you have a legal problem regarding transactional law, the BCLC may be able to assist you. The BCLC offers community office hours twice yearly in late Winter/early Spring and in mid/late Fall. In addition, the BCLC has limited capacity for limited-scope direct client representations beginning in January and late August of each year at the start of each academic semester.
In order for the BCLC to consider your organization for assistance through either community office hours or direct client representation, please fill out the following form completely. We ask that you limit the amount of information you provide to only what is necessary for us to understand the nature of your problem without any specific details. While we welcome inquiries, please do not send us any secret, confidential or privileged information until you receive written confirmation from us that we have agreed to serve as your lawyer. Completing this application does not create an attorney-client relationship. We cannot act as your attorney or provide you with any legal advice until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest, and until you become a BCLC client and execute a written engagement letter with the BCLC.
This application is for low-income residents of Detroit and Michigan generally who have community-based businesses, or for-profit or non-profit organizations that aspire to create social good and impact to revitalize Detroit and Michigan. If you have an issue that does not involve transactional law or your issue is an emergency, we may still be able to assist you or refer you to an organization that can. Please call the Wayne Law Business and Community Law Clinic at 313-577-4015.
The BCLC is now accepting applications for community office hours taking place in Fall 2018 and for prospective clients to begin limited-scope direct representation in early January 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately on a rolling basis. We accept applications for representation year-round; however, we serve most clients during the academic year and generally accept new clients for direct client representation only at the start of each semester, and for community office hours in the middle of each semester. We regret that we are unable to provide you with updates on the status of your application or any further information unless and until your application is accepted.
We look forward to receiving your organization’s application, and hope you will find the application form easy to complete. If you have any questions as you fill it out, or would prefer to fill out a PDF or paper version for any reason, please reach out to us at (313) 577-4015 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can best help you with your request for the BCLC’s legal assistance.
Please note that we cannot assist with every problem. If think you may qualify but are unsure, apply anyway – we’d love to help.