Posted: January 11th, 2019
LAW STUDENTS STEP UP TO HELP OLDER ADULTS
How often do you get to talk to a person who is 101 years old? Jordan Burke had this opportunity. It wasn’t easy, but not for the reasons you might expect. Mental capacity? Fine! Stamina for a long interview? Got it! The problem was that Jordan’s client was very hard of hearing. Jordan used several strategies to tackle this. First, she used a nifty hearing assistive device we have in our office for just this situation. Second, Jordan simplified and shortened her questions. Most importantly, she added empathy, patience, and eye contact. There you have it … Jordan has picked up some key skills of an elder law attorney.
Students thrive in this type of learning environment. They are drawn in by the human drama of others’ lives, and they relish understanding complicated laws. What else brings them to the Elder Law Clinic?
- A chance to dress like a lawyer!
- Four course credits with no exam.
- Their own varied caseload with feedback and supervision from an experienced attorney.
- Learning about something that affects all
families—namely, aging—so that they can be of help to their own families.
- A chance to help the community.
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