About the Clinic: The Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors clinic (MLPS) is an innovative program through which law students work closely with UCSF medical providers to tackle legal issues affecting the health of older adults. Law students handle cases of UCSF patients from start to finish in areas of advance health care planning, estate planning, public benefits, and other legal matters as needed to stabilize that person’s situation and improve overall health. Through direct client work and the MLPS companion seminar, law students learn how to counsel their clients about complex issues involving end-of-life treatments, long-term care, estate planning, intersecting government benefits, and more while also untangling a myriad of other legal issues faced by this vulnerable population. Law students develop key transactional and lawyering skills including interviewing, critical thinking, document drafting, case management, interdisciplinary collaboration, timekeeping, navigating complicated ethical dilemmas, and mental capacity assessment. Law students meet with patients on-site at the medical clinic and in their homes and work in a collaborative team environment.
Open to: 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th semester students.
6 units: 3-unit non-GPA class, and 3-unit fieldwork component, graded pass-fail, must be taken concurrently.
Prerequisites/Co-requisites (One of the following): Healthcare Providers, Patients and the Law (formerly Health Law I); Wills & Trusts; OR Aging, Health & the Law (formerly Elder Law). Courses may be taken concurrently with the clinic. **Course prerequisites may be waived with approval of the instructor**
Classroom Component: Students must attend two full-day mandatory orientation sessions; one session before the start of the semester and a second session during the semester. MLPS students meet twice weekly for a two-hour seminar which focuses on developing the substantive expertise and skills necessary to effectively serve the client population. The seminar engages students in thoughtful discussion and practice-based learning about planning for incapacity and end-of-life, long-term care, public benefits, complex ethics, interprofessional collaboration, evaluating mental capacity, and more. Classes are often co-taught with medical providers and local attorney practitioners. One of the two weekly seminar classes typically consists of a collaborative session called “Caserounds” during which students gather as a team to present, discuss and strategize about their actual MLPS cases in light of the class material. At the beginning of the semester, additional substantive training takes place during these sessions in lieu of case presentation/discussion.
Fieldwork Component: Students spend 12-15 fieldwork hours per week providing legal assistance to older adult patient-clients primarily in areas of advance health care planning, estate planning, and public benefits coverage. Students learn transactional lawyering skills such as drafting advance health care directives, durable powers of attorney for finances, and simple wills. Additionally, students evaluate patient eligibility for public benefits, including Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and advocate for additional benefits as needed. During fieldwork hours, students interview and counsel clients at a UCSF medical clinic and in their homes over the course of several meetings, research legal issues, consult with the supervising professor and other mentor attorneys, manage multiple client cases, draft memos, write letters, execute legal documents, and perform all administrative functions necessary for client-based practice. Students learn interdisciplinary collaboration as they work closely with physicians and other UCSF medical professionals and engage in joint learning sessions.
To enroll: We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 MLPS Clinic. To apply, submit the UC Hastings Common Clinic Application along with your resume and statement of interest.
For more information, come to a MLPS Information Session:
Monday, April 13 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM RM 300 (Tower, CJC Library) Tuesday, April 14 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM RM 300 (Tower, CJC Library) Wednesday, April 15 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM RM 300 (Tower, CJC Library)
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