Prospective Student Requirements: Health Rights Clinic

The Health Rights Clinic is ideal for students who are ready to: represent real clients in real cases, work collaboratively with health care professionals to help clients, make a difference in people’s lives with Social Security Disability Hearings, Immigration cases, Medical/Food Security cases, and help people with disabilities including HIV/AIDS. 

 Lawyering Skills Students Develop

Students develop lawyering skills as they conduct all aspects of the client's case including:

  • Developing a case theory and a case plan for all cases; learning how to organize, manage and triage a case load
  • Conducting an empathetic client-centered interview that accurately identifies client goals and needs
  • Demonstrating sensitivity to race and cultural diversity issues and recognizing and resolving ethical issues
  • Conducting thorough and accurate legal research and communicating and advocating effectively in writing and orally
  • Being able to marshal correct and necessary facts for effective representation
  • Creating and maintaining well-documented client files both paper and electronic
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner and effective problem-solver who can think on one's feet
  • Working as part of a team and conducting oneself in a professional manner with integrity and honesty at all times
  • Exhibiting diligence and punctuality
  • Conducting a hearing, if necessary

Requirements, Time Commitment, Credits 

Seminar: The seminar component of the Health Rights Clinic provides substantive instruction in the clinic's primary practice areas and skills training. The seminar also includes live client mock hearings and clinical "case rounds" designed to reinforce substantive training and to emphasize real-world professional responsibility issues.

FALL/SPRING

  • The Health Rights Clinic is a two-semester, twelve-credit course.
  • Students are required to spend 18 to 24 hours per week on clinic related work.
  • Students are required to attend weekly case supervision/case round meetings.
  • Clinic class meets for two hours once a week.

SUMMER

  • The Health Rights Clinic is a one-semester, six-credit course.
  • Students are required to spend 40 hours per week on clinic related work.
  • Students are required to attend weekly case supervision/case round meetings.
  • Clinic class meets for two hours once a week.

Student Videos: Why the Health Rights Clinic?
 


Noel Pace J.D. ‘15 elaborates on his experience winning two federal cases for disability and his opportunity to interface with the medical system while Karshi Doshi talks about how you have autonomy and responsibility for cases but receive great supervision.
 

 See More Videos

Health Rights Video
Law and medical students speak about their meaningful experiences in the Health Rights Clinic Medical Legal Partnership. Watch Video.
Julie Morgan, J.D. ’13
Julie Morgan, J.D. ’13, talks about the value of interacting with clients. Watch Video.
David Berk, JD '12
David Berk, J.D. '12, discusses the benefits of the clinic and how he worked with clients from start to finish. Watch Video.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Health Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Dr., Room F303
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Main Number: 305-284-3951
Clinics Number: 305-284-5291
Fax: 305-284-6407

CLINIC DIRECTORS
Jonel NewmanProfessor JoNel Newman, Director
Watch video of Professor Newman where she discusses the clinic. 

Melissa Swain, Associate Director

CONTACT INFORMATION
Health Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Dr., Room F303
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Main Number: 305-284-3951
Clinics Number: 305-284-5291
Fax: 305-284-6407

CLINIC DIRECTORS
Jonel NewmanProfessor JoNel Newman, Director
Watch video of Professor Newman where she discusses the clinic. 

Melissa Swain, Associate Director