Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic (5100)

The Clinic will involve students representing children in appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals from trial court proceedings in the Wayne County Juvenile Court. The appeals will almost exclusively involve child protective proceedings (abuse and neglect) but there may also be some exposure to juvenile delinquency proceedings and appeals of those cases.

The Clinic will involve learning appellate procedures through written exercises and drafting a brief to be submitted to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Students will also have the opportunity to argue the Appeal to a panel of expert attorneys and under recent changes made to MCR 8.120, they may potentially have the opportunity to argue the appeal to the Court of Appeals. The Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic offers an excellent opportunity to develop advanced writing skills and to prepare for imminent practice. It is scheduled to accommodate evening students. LAW 2240 Family Law is strongly recommended.

The prerequisite may be waived if taken contemporaneously. 

Course Details

  • Credits: 3