Court House Clinical Experience
Only EMU Paralegal Studies Program students have the amazing and unique opportunity to work in the Washtenaw County-EMU Legal Resource Center (“LRC”) located on Main St. in Ann Arbor. This Clinic is the only one of its kind! It is a highlight of EMU’s Paralegal Studies Program.
The LRC is a non-profit, collaborative effort between EMU’s Paralegal Studies Program and Washtenaw County’s government, bar association, judiciary and Legal Services. The Clinic is staffed exclusively by Paralegal Program students, who work under attorney supervision. Program Students work in the busy Washtenaw County, MI Circuit Court House. They assist community patrons, who cannot afford an attorney, with civil court forms for family law, probate, landlord tenant, and small claims matters. The students also help clinic patrons navigate the court system. The LRC experience allows students to get Inside the Law and provides “hands on” paralegal experience where the action is!
In 2015, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected EMU to receive its Community Engagement Classification. This classification recognized EMU’s involvement in the community as a means of enhancing learning. The LRC was one of the EMU programs specifically mentioned by the Carnegie Foundation as an example of outstanding community programs.
Program students may qualify to work at the LRC for their mandatory internship course (LEGL 416) or as a restricted elective (LEGL 417). Students interested in this clinical experience should contact the Program Coordinator.