Elder Law ClinicClass Term:
Fall Term 2022-2023Catalog Number:
7 (5 Contact, 0 Field)Graduation Requirements:
3rd Year Priority when offered in the Fall, 2nd Year Priority when offered in the SpringFull Year Course:
The course will require a substantial time commitment and involve on a weekly basis four hours of classroom instruction, one hour of meetings with the supervising faculty, six mandatory office hours (104 hours in client work during the semester), and approximately 8-10 additional hours weekly in clinic work and class preparation.
Grading is based on client relations, class attendance and participation; written assignments; performance in simulations; and community outreach. Client relations includes: student performance in court, student diligence with respect to client work, and competence in handling live-client casework. Letter grades will be issued.
The Elder Law Clinic offers students who have completed three semesters of law school an opportunity to represent clients and develop practical lawyering. Students enrolled in the Clinic are certified to practice law and take primary responsibility for client representation under the supervision of their faculty/supervising attorneys. Elder Law Clinic representation focuses on issues of capacity in medical treatment, mental health law, estate planning, contractual relations, and property management. Emphasis will be placed on long term planning, including estate planning and medical assistance (Medicaid) eligibility. Litigation skills focuses on practice in the Orphans’ Court Division, for example, guardianship proceedings. Students will develop practical skills such as interviewing, counseling, research, drafting, negotiation, and trial practice skills. Students may work in teams to represent their clients. The classroom component is an integral part of the Clinic experience, consisting of a series of discussions focusing on substantive law, policy, and practical skills training. Experts in the fields of social work, psychology, psychiatry, and medicine will provide insights into interdisciplinary issues.