Students in the Elder Justice and Policy will combine an external placement with an elder justice organization (e.g., a legal aid organization serving seniors, an elder advocacy project, or a senior rights organization) with an intense seminar that will involve, inter alia, preparing a substantial research paper addressing an issue or area of significant state or national interest implicating the legal needs of the elderly population, discussing advanced topics in elder law (e.g., advanced ethical issues in an elder law practice), and investigating the use of technology in the practice of elder law and elder advocacy. Students who wish to enroll in this course must apply to work on a specific project (or projects) for a specific organization , and will be placed with that organization for the semester in which they are enrolled in the class. Projects typically entail drafting legislation and working towards its passage in the state legislature or at the national level, developing self-help resources for seniors on specific areas of interest, or conducting empirical research on elder justice issues. Projects will be clearly defined from the outset, with the nature of the student´s responsibilities set out prior to the student´s placement within the organization. The total credits awarded for the course will depend on the specific project to which the student is assigned.
Grading: Letter graded
Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Elder Law or Elder Law Survey or Elder Law I or Elder Law II or Disability Law or Disability Law Seminar. Recommended but not required: Elder Law Research Project; Elder Law Workshop: Advising the Senior Client
Credits: 4, 5, or 6 credits
Taught by: Iris Freeman
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