Law School Clinic
The Health Justice Project provides an opportunity to learn lawyering skills by connecting theory and practice through direct client interaction and participation in the Clinic. The course emphasizes the development of skills in interdisciplinary practice, client interviewing and counseling, fact finding and analysis, legal research and document drafting, pursuit of administrative and other legal remedies, policy reform where appropriate, and creative problem solving for the benefit of clients.
Students learn these skills in the context of team and group work, with an emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary problem-solving. Using this collaborative model, all Clinic members are exposed to the range of cases handled in the Clinic, terminology and culture of healthcare, and delivery of services to low-income people. Students are encouraged to reflect on these experiences in developing lawyering skills, experiences with the social, justice and healthcare systems in which our cases originate, and on the development of their own personal philosophy of lawyering.
Students in the Health Justice Project and Interdisciplinary Health Advocacy courses have the opportunity to:
Practice Traditional and “Preventative” Lawyering Skills in Context. The Clinic gives you the opportunity to engage in experiential learning through direct client representation and to develop practical lawyering skills through the use of legal and non-legal remedies.
Gain Experience in Exercising Responsibility. You will assume and accept ultimate responsibility for matters of critical importance to individual clients.
Work in Collaboration and Partnership. By partnering with each other and participating in the medical-legal community partnership, you will learn the importance of interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration with individuals engaged in the practice of law, public policy, medicine, social work, public health, organizing, media, and epidemiology, among others.
Enhance Creative Problem-Solving. You will practice innovative problem-solving by engaging in strategies that complement litigation, including targeted policy development, working with the media, and client empowerment.
Lay the Foundation for Lifelong Learning. You will learn to think independently and to examine their own learning processes and experiment with multiple techniques and approaches in order to find the ones that work best for them.
Embrace Social Justice, Service and Values. You will gain firsthand knowledge of social and legal disparities in low income and minority communities and the impact lawyers can have on access to health and justice in these areas. Students will discover the importance of public interest service in all areas of the legal profession.
The Health Justice Project is an interdisciplinary Clinic. By collaborating with health, social work and other professionals, we can achieve outcomes that will improve the health and social conditions of the clients we serve. We collaborate with health and social work students and professionals both formally and informally, and provide several opportunities for interdisciplinary education.
Health Justice Project case rounds and classes may be attended by Northwestern University McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program participants as well as students enrolled in Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, School of Medicine Public Health Certificate Program, the Center for Urban Research and Learning. In addition, law student teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with students of social work and medical residents on their casework.
Students also have an opportunity to shadow attending physicians and residents during “precepting” (discussion of patient rounds) at the Erie Humboldt Park location and to present at select Didactic and Grand Rounds meetings.