Legal clinics

Business and Community Law Clinic

The Business and Community Law Clinic (BCLC) at Wayne State University Law School offers free corporate and transactional legal services to qualifying community-based businesses, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations that aspire to create social good and impact to revitalize Detroit and Michigan. Under the supervision of experienced and licensed faculty, upper-level law student attorneys assume primary responsibility and work directly with organizational clients to address their transactional legal needs. 

Patent Procurement Clinic

The Patent Procurement Clinic is a legal partnership between Wayne Law and Brooks Kushman that offers students training in practical lawyering skills while providing entrepreneurs and future business owners invaluable services to help them protect their intellectual property.

As part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Clinic Certification Program, Wayne Law's Patent Procurement Clinic continues the Law School's traditional leadership in intellectual property law. 

The clinic offers important patent services, including: 

  • Patentability searches
  • Patent application drafting
  • Responses to patent office rejections

All patent services are provided by upper-level Wayne Law students with degrees in engineering or science (e.g. mechanical engineering or chemistry) supervised by Professor David Berry, who is of counsel with Brooks Kushman and has 15 years of experience as a practicing intellectual property attorney and more than 12 years of teaching experience.

The clinic's legal services are provided free of charge, however, clients are responsible for any and all filing fees. Clinic services are limited to inventors living in the state of Michigan.

To see if the Patent Procurement Clinic is accepting applications, and to submit an application, fill out this form.