Health Law and Policy Clinic

Health Law and Policy Clinic

Professor Paige Lescure, Attorney-in-Charge
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Students
6-credit course (satisfies the Writing II and Skills requirements)

Students in the Health Law and Policy Clinic have an opportunity to work with community clients who have various needs that relate to access to health care, quality of care or health equity.

The Clinic focuses its efforts on providing services that assist low-income populations who have an identified unmet need, such as pregnant women, individuals with mental health conditions or substance use disorders, immigrants, veterans and the elderly.

This work may involve either direct representation of individuals seeking health care or may involve representation of entities, such as community health organizations or grassroots coalitions, that serve or advocate for advancement of health care for certain populations or communities.

For example, the Clinic may:

  • directly represent an individual seeking reimbursement or access to outpatient treatment for a mental health condition that is being denied by the insurance company,
  • represent a community coalition that is seeking to ensure that a community health care facility remains open, or
  • provide advice and assistance to an entity seeking to pursue regulatory or legislative advocacy to advance health care access for special populations.

Students in the Clinic may also have the opportunity to collaborate with law students or fellows working on the perinatal project at the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy by providing assistance and support to the planned perinatal helpline for legal services.

Projects also may involve health policy work on behalf of clients, including conducting needs assessments or performing policy analyses to identify the special problems or health inequities that could be addressed appropriately through policy change.