Students who enroll in this clinic may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Co-requisite Class: Access to Justice Clinical Seminar: Benefits Advocacy and Estate Planning for Persons with Disabilities, Veterans, and Families (2 Fall credits). Clinic and class enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. clinic) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. class).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.
Students enrolled in the Clinic will work in one of three WilmerHale Legal Services Center clinical placements: Disability Law, Veterans and Public Benefits Law, or Estate Planning Law. Students in these clinical placements represent indigent clients in a variety of subject areas, all with a focus on enhancing financial stability, fostering asset accumulation, and improving access to healthcare.
Disability Law: Students take on cases involving the administrative appeals of disabled clients who have been denied Social Security benefits. In preparing these cases for hearing, students interview and counsel clients, compile the evidentiary record, collaborate with medical providers, and prepare a hearing brief. Students appear with their clients at the hearing, conduct both direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and present oral argument.
Veterans and Public Benefits Law: Students will represent veterans and other clients in public benefit cases seeking income supports, access to healthcare, and other life necessities. Students will likely have a variety of lawyering opportunities, including representing clients in administrative appeal hearings and/or briefing and arguing challenges to agency decisions in court.
Estate Planning Law: Students represent clients in matters involving estate planning and probate, guardianship, conservatorship, debt counseling, and private insurance. The goal of the clinic is to help low-income families maximize financial stability and control over lifetime decision making and effectively plan for future needs.
This clinic is part of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC's diverse clinics provide clinical instruction to second- and third-year law students and serve as a laboratory for the innovative delivery of legal services. Students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of clinical instructors and fellows in one of LSC's litigation clinical practices.