What do students do in this clinic?
Students represent clients who are patients at United Family Medicine, and who have been referred by their medical care providers for help with legal issues relating to their health care. Students participate in intake interviews at United Family Medicine for half a day each week and work on cases that arise from those interviews, most commonly Social Security Disability cases, immigration cases, and housing cases. Students also do presentations on legal issues for the social workers and health care providers at United Family Medicine.
What happens in the classroom component?
Client interviewing, discussion of assigned readings on health law policy, case rounds, and guest speakers. Each student does a final presentation on a project relating to issues that have arisen in their casework.
What do students learn in this clinic?
Appreciation of the barriers facing persons who live in poverty; the importance of health to maintaining stability in employment, housing and other facets of life; how to work with medical professionals a part of an integrated care team to achieve positive outcomes for patients.
When is this clinic offered?
Fall and spring
How many credits?
Two, but students can take the clinic for one or three credits with the consent of the professor.
Are students permitted or encouraged to take this clinic for additional semesters?
Are there any required or recommended pre-requisites?
Professional Responsibility is a prerequisite. Advocacy is recommended.
Can students with full-time jobs take this clinic?
Students must be available for weekly class meetings during the day and for half a day each week for intake at United Family Medicine. The timing of other casework is flexible.
Can students who live outside the Twin Cities take this clinic?
If they live within commuting distance that allows them to attend class and do weekly intake.
Who should take this clinic?
Students pursuing the Health Law Certificate, students with an interest in poverty law, administrative law, immigration law, or public benefits law.