Civil Practice Clinic - Health Law
The Civil Practice Clinics offer students who have completed three semesters of law school an opportunity to represent clients and develop practical lawyering skills. Students enrolled in the Clinics are certified to practice law and take primary responsibility for client representation under the supervision of their faculty/supervising attorneys.
Students in the Children’s Health Rights Clinic represent clients seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Students also represent clients in Orphans’ Court in guardianship cases. Further, students will represent parents in special education cases. Student advocates interview clients initially; and if the case is accepted, proceed to gather and interpret evidence, develop case theory, prepare hearing memoranda, and represent clients at hearings or in court. Students may work in teams of two. Classroom simulations incorporated into the clinic program ready students for client work.
Clinic lectures and coursework are organized with a systemic justice focus. Specifically, students will evaluate their advocacy experience in comparison to what they will learn about the prevalence of school push-out and system involvement among students with disabilities. Students will identify the ways in which a lack of access to health care and social determinants of health can create/reinforce systemic phenomena. By increasing access to legal advocacy for children whose health needs put them at risk, the clinic will provide an impactful experiential learning experience.