Resources

This video highlights the multi-disciplinary aspect of the Health Rights Clinic Medical Legal Partnership at the University of Miami. Medical Professors in charge of the clinical portion of the program discuss the benefits of bringing legal, medical, and social perspectives together in the same...
Professors JoNel Newman and Melissa Swain, who teach the Health Rights Clinic Medical Legal Partnership at the University of Miami School of Law, provide insight about their teaching methods and course model. The professors discuss providing students with exposure to multiple areas of law and...
This video highlights the Health Rights Clinic Medical Legal Partnership at the University of Miami School of Law. Several current and former students of the clinic reflect upon the unique nature and benefits of participating in the clinic. The experiential learning, multi-disciplinary approach,...
In this video, several individuals affiliated with the Health Rights Clinic Medical Legal Partnership and the University of Miami School of Law discuss the benefits of the multi-disciplinary clinical program. Professor JoNel Newman and others discuss the areas of law, practical skills, and the...
This award nomination describes the Haitian TPS Project, an initiative started by the Health Rights Clinic at the University of Miami. As part of the project, clinic participants helped Haitian immigrants residing in the United States gain Temporary Protected Status after the earthquake in 2010...
The article reviews the pilot study of the Effect Lawyer Client Communication Project (ELCC), which focuses on the initial client-lawyer interview based upon it’s importance in determining client retention and satisfaction. The study also purports that the initial interview is the one unit of...
This law review article from the Indiana Health Law Review describes the interdisciplinary Medical-Legal Clinic at the University of Miami. Within the article, JoNel Newman discusses the lessons learned in the process of collaboration between the medical and legal programs. The article also details...

Clinics

A clinical law school course engages students in the actual practice of law, with close supervision by clinic faculty and facilitators. Clinics provide both experiential learning for law students and much-needed services to clients, who often have limited income. As part of a clinic, students typically engage in the same work as licensed attorneys, and are usually allowed to do so through some court rule, order, or statute that allows such practice. It is believed that when a student is charged as being the lawyer, with ultimate responsibility for the decisions made throughout a case, it encourages education that cannot take place if the student is not making the final calls. 

Close supervision by teachers should be aimed at not only producing good lawyering, but educating the student, ideally in a way that teaches the student to be a reflective practitioner that engages in lifelong learning.