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For Medical Legal Partnership of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Durham

Medical Legal Partnership of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Durham

Legal Services/Client Based

Fall; Spring; Summer

Healthcare; Poverty Law/Civil Rights Law

Factual Investigation; Interviewing; Legal Research & Analysis

Work Description

The Medical-Legal Partnership is an alliance between health care providers and lawyers to benefit low-income and at-risk residents of Durham and surrounding counties. It provides an opportunity for medical providers to refer patients for legal assessment in situations where a non-medical obstacle is impairing the overall health of a patient. The legal team provides training for the physicians, nurses, social workers, and other staff about legal issues that may be facing their patients. A referral mechanism allows the providers to refer the patients to the legal team. A member of the legal team will interview the patient referral about the situation and provide free legal help where appropriate.


Students will divide their time between direct client work on cases referred from the Medical-Legal Partnership and program development. Priority will be given to direct client work. At the present time, the program development work includes: developing pro se materials and training materials; training health care providers; and evaluating, planning for and implementing program expansion as the need arises.


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