Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Wills, Probate, and Guardianship Clinic

Student attorneys in the Wills, Probate, & Guardianship Clinic, under the supervision of the Managing Attorney, assist clients in the following areas: (a) Probate matters, including but not limited to testate, intestate estates, administration of estates; (b) guardianship applications; and (c) small estate planning.

During the semester, each student is expected to maintain a 5-7 case docket, with opportunities to appear in court and represent clients in both contested as well as uncontested matters.

What Students Attorneys Do

  • Students assist individual clients, referred by various agencies or the courts. Students are responsible for drafting all pleadings—initial and responsive, discovery, etc.
  • Students are also responsible for drafting estate planning documents, such as Transfer on Death deeds, Wills, Statutory Durable Powers of Attorney, Medical Powers of Attorney, and Physicians Directives.
  • Students conduct all factual investigations; interview clients and witnesses.
  • Students also counsel clients on estate planning matters.

Course Information

  • Wills, Trusts, & Estates and Trial Simulation are pre-requisites
  • Students receive 4 units of graded credit for the practicum (Civil Trial Clinic) and 2 units of graded credit for  the trial practice course (Civil Trial Practice).
  • Second semester 2Ls and all 3Ls are eligible to apply.

Time Commitments

  • Fall and Spring Semester(s): 12-15 hours per week
  • Students are required to complete a total of 249 hours for the semester.

To Apply:

  • Complete the online application (Coming in June 2016)
  • Submit an unofficial copy of your transcript, one writing sample, and three references to Marilyn Epps in Room 100.

For more information, contact: Martina E. Cartwright, Assistant Professor: mcartwright@tmslaw.tsu.edu

Back to Top of the Page




Thurgood Marshall School of Law Thurgood Marshall School of Law Libray on Twitter
Center for Legal Pedagogy at Thurgood Marshall School of Law Thurgood Marshall School of Law on YouTube

© 2016 Thurgood Marshall School of Law. All Rights Reserved.
3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX 77004 Ph: 713.313.4455  Fax: 713.313.1049