Interdisciplinary Health Law Clinic
Representing low-income clients in a variety of health-related matters and fora
In the Interdisciplinary Health Law Clinic, law students and graduate nursing students work collaboratively in teams, assisting low-income clients to understand and assert their rights within the health care system, and to overcome barriers to accessing necessary treatment. Students will make a real impact on the lives of their clients while learning substantive law and procedure, and sharpening their skills in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and case presentation. At the same time, they will compare the roles of health care providers and advocates, as well as the rules that govern their respective practices. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to represent several clients with legal problems in areas which may include, but are not limited to:
- Publicly financed health benefits (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, etc.)
- Surrogate decision making, including guardianship law
- Benefits and other rights of persons with disabilities
- Federal and state laws protecting rights of health care consumers to accessible, quality treatment
Michael Campbell, Visiting Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow
Elizabeth Blunt, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Programs, Villanova College of Nursing. (Confirmation is pending on Professor Blunt’s co-teaching this course.)
In addition to the time requirement for the seminar class, students (Law Students) are expected to spend an average of 14-16 hours per week on their on their cases.
Lottery, with a preference given to third year students and those who express an interest in this clinic.
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