Improve your skills. Improve the care of seniors.
The Elder Law and Chronic Care Certificate educates practicing attorneys and industry professionals about the complex legal and policy issues surrounding the aging population.
You’ll develop the skills necessary to better serve your clients. Learn to approach elder law problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective, gain better access to resources, and be more familiar with the benefits of the various care models available to seniors. Understand the issues facing aging people and how to promote discussion about—and response to—these issues.
All courses are delivered online to fit your schedule.
- Healthcare professionals and hospital/facility administrators
- Social workers, law enforcement, guardians, conservators, and adult protective services personnel
- Consumer advocates and public policy professionals
- City/county attorneys, other attorneys in government, and elder law practitioners
- Graduate students in gerontology and healthcare administration
Current J.D. students are not eligible for this program.
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Spring start date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Add/Drop deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019
Offered in the fall and spring annually
Course of Study
Take four sequential courses online over 12 weeks.
- Overview of Aging and Elder Law (three weeks)
- Government Benefits and Long-Term Care Regulation (three weeks)
- Assisted Decision Making and End-of-Life Considerations (three weeks)
- Harm and Remedies (three weeks)
Students have many opportunities to interact with faculty and one another in discussions and hands-on exercises. There are no scheduled dates or times when all students must be online concurrently.
To reserve a place in the program, a $250 deposit is required, unless otherwise advised.Register Online
- Tuition is $3,980 for the 2018–19 academic year
- 10-percent discount for Mitchell Hamline alumni
- This program does not qualify for federal financial aid
All courses are pass/fail. Students who pass the four required courses are awarded a Certificate in Elder Law and Chronic Care by Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Continuing Legal Education
Social Work continuing education credits available.
Approval pending for CLE credits from the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education.
- Understand the governing regulations and their impact on facilities and individuals
- Examine the options for end-of-life decisions and articulate the differences and consequences of each
- Understand harm, breach, and available remedies and the differences between criminal and civil complaints
- Analyze fraud and abuse claims and practice issue spotting in contracts and agreements
- Analyze the statutes and regulations pertaining to vulnerable adult maltreatment and identify the signs of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation
- Understand how to identify possible resources, and develop plans/options to address client/patient concerns