Concentration in Aging and Longevity Law
As the older segment of our nation’s population increases there will be a greater need for lawyers trained in the specialized skills and knowledge needed to assist the elderly and their families. The institutions that provide medical and other services to the elderly, legislatures and government and private agencies that develop laws, programs and policies that affect the aging require lawyers with broad knowledge of the law and sensitive understanding of the circumstances of today’s elders and the challenges they will confront in the future. Allied with the Aging and Longevity Institute, Touro Law Center now offers students an opportunity to concentrate in this growing field of law. The concentration in Aging and Longevity Law will prepare students to begin careers in elderlaw, health law, health regulatory compliance, wealth preservation or health care administration, all burgeoning areas of law practice that offer promising career paths.
In addition to choosing from a multitude of substantive courses, students will gain practical experience in both simulation offerings and clinical and externship courses. All students enroll in a Trust and Estates Practice Module, participating in simulated exercises and assignments advising clients and drafting documents in problems involving Wills and trusts. After learning basic practice skills in a mock setting, students join the Elder Law Clinic, where they can apply their knowledge and skills to the real-world practice of law in varied legal matters. Guardianship proceedings, Medicaid and Medicare hearings and appeals, consumer issues, homeowner and housing problems, health care and financial advance planning, elder abuse matters and landlord/tenant issues are among the legal matters that Clinic students may handle for grateful clients. By helping low and moderate income elders with legal problems, students in this concentration can expand their knowledge, sharpen their skills and make significant contributions to the community. A Professional Laboratory, in which students are placed in law offices outside the Law Center, rounds out the experiential learning in the concentration.
A concentration can be declared at any time, but generally should be adopted by the beginning of the second year of law study.
The requirements of the concentration are:
1. 28 credits total; 18 credits in required courses & 10 credits in elective credits
Required Courses for the Concentration Credits
Trusts & Estates (3)
Elderlaw Clinic (5)
Aging & Longevity Law (3)
Introduction to Tax (2)
Current Issues in Elderlaw Seminar (2)
Public Benefits & Planning for Disability with Professional Lab* (3)
Elective Courses for the Concentration (at least 10 credits)
At least one course must be in the Health and Aging area and one in the Wealth Preservation and Estates area.
Health and Aging
Legal Issues in Elder Abuse
Psychology of Aging and Caregiving – Social Work & Legal Challenges
Wealth Preservation and Estates
Estate & Gift Taxation
Estate & Trust Administration
Trusts and Estates Practice Module
Externship/Clerkship (in Elderlaw/health practice area)
Interviewing, Negotiation & Counseling
Employment Discrimination Ethical Issues in Elderlaw Practice
*includes 6 hours weekly in a law office working on legal matters directly related to the subject matter of the course
2. Completion of the Advanced Writing Requirement on a topic associated with Aging and Longevity Law.