HeLP Legal Services Clinic
The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic is part of the Health Law Partnership, a medical-legal collaboration among Georgia State Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
Through partnerships with Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, clinic law students learn alongside medical students and residents, as well as graduate students of public health, social work and bioethics.
The experience teaches collaborative, interdisciplinary problem solving and reflective practice, which encourages continuous learning. In HeLP Clinic I, students develop skills such as client interviewing, counseling and representation, negotiation, research and drafting, and case management. HeLP Clinic II builds on these skills by allowing students to handle more advanced aspects of casework.
Under the supervision of clinical faculty, students work on cases involving childhood disability, housing conditions, education, access to healthcare and the drafting of wills and advanced directives. Our clients are low-income residents of the Metro Atlanta area, whose children are receiving care at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Law 6090 is a three-credit hour course offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students develop basic lawyering skills such as client interviewing, counseling and representation, negotiation, research and drafting, and case management through this interdisciplinary learning experience. Watch a video about our students’ experience in the clinic.
Weekly class sessions cover substantive and procedural law, as well as discussions of specific case issues. Students meet weekly with their assigned supervisor to evaluate case progress. Students are required to complete an average of seven hours of case work per week exclusive of class time.
Work in the clinic will likely require travel to Children’s at Scottish Rite, Children’s at Egleston, and Children’s at Hughes Spalding. To work inside the hospital, students must be tested and confirm vaccinations for certain diseases. Clinic students must attend a mandatory day-long orientation session and sign an intern agreement. (Download a sample agreement.) Students will be notified of the date of the session upon registration.