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Elder Law Clinic Course Description - LAW896

5 Credits

This clinic introduces students to the special challenges of practicing law on behalf of the elderly. Under faculty supervision, students work 12 to 15 hours per week, providing advice and representation to senior clients in a wide range of legal matters. Emphasis is placed on the role of lawyers in the larger context of social, supportive, and advocacy services for the elderly and the role of communities in protecting rights and enhancing the life of the aging population. The clinic includes a weekly seminar, which brings an interdisciplinary approach through insights from the fields of sociology, gerontology, psychology, and health-facilities administration. While the focus is on serving elderly clients, students learn and practice a range of the skills required of lawyers. (No prerequisite; Aging & Longevity Law suggested.)