Address legal issues affecting low-income individuals’ health through the Health Law Clinic
As a participant in the Health Law Clinic, you work alongside health care practitioners, conducting patient intake interviews and representing those patients on legal matters related to their health care conditions. This clinic is offered in the Spring.
Students who have taken the new course, Law and Community Health, will be given preference for participation in the clinic. Law and Community Health will cover the relationship between socioeconomic determinants of health, the provision of health care, and the law, will be given preference.
United Family Medicine Medical-Legal Partnership
The Health Law Clinic is made possible by a medical-legal partnership between Mitchell Hamline’s Health Law Institute and United Family Medicine, a community-based clinic providing comprehensive, patient-centered primary care to low-income and medically underserved residents in Saint Paul. Medical-legal partnerships are a growing national movement in which lawyers and medical providers collaborate as an integrated team to address the needs of low-income patients, whose unmet legal needs keep them from getting and staying healthy. Medical-legal partnerships also work at a systemic level to help health care providers develop strategies to improve the provision of health and legal services and advocate for legislative and policy changes that will remove legal barriers to improved public health. There are only 34 law schools participating in medical-legal partnerships nationwide.
News and Updates from the Clinic
- On April 3rd, 2022, two students in the Health Law Clinic course presented at United Family Medicine on a training session on how to prepare the N-648 disability waiver form to waive the required English and US history and civics test when applying for citizenship through naturalization.
- Medical-Legal Partnership receives Ramsey County Public Health Award, April 4, 2018
- Health law clinic guides patients through broad legal hurdles, MPR News, May 2, 2018