Health Justice Project
The Health Justice Project is part of an interdisciplinary medical-legal partnership (“MLP”) between Loyola University Chicago School of Law, LAF, the largest legal services program for people in poverty in the Chicago region, and Erie Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center providing health care services to people in poverty and other vulnerable populations in west and north Chicago and the northern suburbs. Together, lawyers, healthcare providers, and students identify and resolve the social and legal issues that negatively affect the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Students enrolled in the Health Justice Project Clinic may be involved in a variety of ways including outreach and education for medical partners and their patients, developing resources for patients and providers, policy advocacy, and direct legal services to patients. Practice areas vary each semester depending on the issues identified by our health partners through referrals but may include public benefits, access to health care, disability, housing, utilities, medical debt, family law, education, and other areas of law which impact the health and well-being of Erie’s patients. Students enrolled in the clinic will be the primary point of contact for their clients and will be responsible for all aspects of their client’s cases. Students will learn critical lawyering skills through a combination of a seminar class, intensive case supervision, collaboration with HJPs partner organizations, and engagement in the practice of law.