Course Description: Especially suitable for part-time day and evening division students. Admitted to practice under a Student Practice Order unique in the metropolitan area, interns advise and represent clients in a variety of transactional matters, civil cases and administrative proceedings in Federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. Interns handle all stages of the litigation process, from initial client interviews, case assessment and counseling sessions, and drafting pleadings, through discovery, fact investigation, and settlement negotiations, to hearings and trials. In transactional matters, interns engage in client interviews and counseling, prepare draft and final documents, and supervise the execution of legal instruments. The Clinic caseload covers a broad range, with the common theme that each case involves significant issues of health law and requires the utilization of health law practice skills. Examples include assisting people with AIDS, prisoners, the elderly, and victims of housing or employment discrimination on the basis of health status or disability; representing families seeking appropriate educational services for children with special needs or disabled immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship; and challenging denials of access to health care, Social Security disability benefits, Medicaid and Medicare. Interns also represent clients in the preparation of a range of legal documents, including wills, health care proxies, "living wills," powers of attorney, revocable trusts, supplemental needs trusts, and other specialized legal instruments. Interns assist families seeking guardianship of mentally impaired and developmentally disabled children, spouses, and parents, and planning for the future of family members with disabilities. Interns develop sophisticated interviewing, counseling and drafting skills; and the ability to deal with legal problems often encountered by the elderly and disabled and their families. The Clinic seminar includes preparation for utilizing statutory schemes and regulatory systems central to health law practice, as well as negotiation, administrative hearing simulations and case rounds. A principal goal of the Clinic is to equip legal interns to work effectively with scientific and medical experts and evidence, including learning to read medical charts, research the medical literature, and understand the similar and differing perspectives and communication styles of health care professionals. Case assignments will accommodate the schedules of evening and part-time students. Some off-campus meetings with clients may be necessary. Permission of the professor, based upon application and interview, is required.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Law-JD, Law-LLM, Law-SJD
Schedule Types: Clinical, Tutorial
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: