Medical - Legal Partnership Clinic

In Baltimore City where 1 in 42 people over the age of 13 are living with HIV, the clinical experience will involve addressing the legal needs of people living with HIV. Under faculty supervision, students will provide direct client representation, and engage in interdisciplinary work with students and professionals in the fields of social work and healthcare. Students will represent clients living with HIV in both litigation and non-litigation matters in a range of civil matters which could include Social Security disability benefits, landlord/tenant, family law, employment and life planning (preparing medical advance directives, simple wills, and powers of attorney).

Students will develop interviewing, counseling, negotiation and written and oral advocacy skills, as well as identify and address professional responsibility issues. Students will learn the influence of trauma on individuals and families, and have the opportunity to practice trauma-informed lawyering. Through their casework, seminar, and interdisciplinary case conferences, students will experience first-hand how a person’s environment (including poverty and other “social determinants of health”) impacts their physical and mental health, and explore the role that lawyers can play in advancing health outcomes for people living with HIV.

Students taking this course receive credit toward certification in the Law and Health Care Program. This course is a full-year clinic, in which students enroll for 4 credits in the fall and 4 credits in the spring. The clinic is open to 8 students. This clinic will satisfy the Cardin Requirement.

Students who enroll in this course are required to attend Law Practice Orientation at the start of the fall semester.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course