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Medical-Legal Community Partnership Seminar and Practicum (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-808
  • Class Number: 03559
  • Instructor: Barbara Siegel

Course Description

This is a combined seminar and practicum course for students in Y2 and Y3 at in Gould School of Law, Y4 Keck School of Medicine and graduate students at Sol Price School of Public Policy. Students will learn how health and legal professionals in conjunction with public policy advocates can work together to identify and improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Students will work in Medical-Legal Community Partnerships (“MLCP”) settings with attorneys from Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. Legal issues will include, but are not limited to, access to medical care including implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and addressing community barriers to health (i.e. social determinants of health) such as medical debt, income and food insecurity, employment issues, landlord tenant disputes, immigration and family law. Under the supervision of an attorney, law students will interview clients, draft legal memoranda and legal advice or advocacy letters, work on litigation, policy advocacy and resolve cases. Medical students are simultaneously enrolled in a full time month long clinical rotation at a community clinic that houses a MLCP. Students attend a one hour seminar each week, followed by a legal clinic and a joint case review discussing clinical experiences. Legal clinics and seminar will be held on Friday mornings at The Wellness Center, adjacent to LAC-USC Medical Center. Seminar topics include the successes and challenges of working in an interprofessional environment as well as the legal issues impacting individual and community health in vulnerable populations. In addition to the Friday morning seminar and legal clinic, law students must have at least one 3 to 4 hour block of time available to work in the Medical Legal Partnership. Class size is limited to 8 law students, with Spanish speakers given priority. Permission of the professors is required to enroll in this class.  You may contact them at USClawmed@nlsla.org.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 4
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: F 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 8 students