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Law school receives grant to establish medical-legal partnership clinical program

UCLA School of Law has received a two-year, $225,000 grant to establish a program that would aid low-income residents in downtown and southeast Los Angeles by having law students assist them with their medical-related legal needs.
The grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation will allow UCLA law school to collaborate with St. Francis and St. Vincent Medical centers and Bet Tzedek Legal Services in the innovative Medical-Legal Partnership Clinical Program.
UCLA law students, through both classroom and on-site clinical components, will work with people living downtown and in southeast Los Angeles to address concerns — ranging from substandard housing and education, to health care access and issues of guardianship — that can have a dramatic impact on health and well-being.
"The multiple challenges of compromised health, unmet legal needs, poverty and a general shortage of lawyers working on behalf of the underserved highlight the crucial need for this partnership," said UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran. "Working in collaboration with community members, practicing attorneys and health care staff members, our students will learn the ways that attorneys can play an integral role in health care systems."
UCLA law students participating in the clinical program will receive 30 hours of classroom training in the operation of medical-legal partnerships, as well as in practice skills needed by lawyers to represent community members. Students will then be able to conduct intake interviews and support Right to Health Project attorneys at both St. Francis and St. Vincent Medical centers.
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