Elder Law SeminarClass Term:
Spring Term 2019-2020Catalog Number:
3 (0 Contact, 0 Field)Graduation Requirements:
Seminar - 3rd Year PriorityFull Year Course:
Students who are interested in gaining practical experience in representing elderly clients are encouraged to concurrently register for the 4 credit Elder Law Lab in which student are certified to represent low income clients in the Sikov Elder Law Clinic.
Grading is based on class attendance and participation (10%); a seminar paper (first draft 20% and final draft 50%) on a topic chosen by the student; and a class presentation (20%).
This seminar will examine the legal issues that arise because of the decline and loss of mental capacity among the elderly. We will examine the difficulties that the loss of capacity causes individuals and their families and the legal responses, such as surrogate decision-making through powers of attorney, guardianship and other legal responses to incapacity, as well as governmental programs that affect elderly clients such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid .