Elder Law

The elderly are increasingly a subject of national concern. Advances in nutrition and medical science, along with favorable lifestyle changes, have contributed significantly to the life expectancy of all Americans. The explosion of the baby boomer generation suggests that our nation will have to deal with much larger elderly populations. Congress and state legislatures have responded with laws, regulations and bureaucracies.

Curriculum

  • Introduction to Elder Law
  • Elder Law Research Project
  • Elder Law Seminar
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Social Work and Aging (SW 833)
  • Proseminar in Communication and Aging (COMS 784/PSYC 784)
  • Readings in Gerontology (ABSC 741)
  • The Psychology of Aging (PSYC 691 )
  • Gerontology Proseminar (PSYC 787 )

Students may also select from the following courses, which relate to the field of elder law:

  • Administrative Law
  • Disability Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Estate Planning: Principles
  • Estate Planning: Practice
  • Healthcare Financing and Regulation
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Independent Research (on approved elder law topic)
  • Law and Bioethics
  • Public Benefit Law
  • Public Policy, Policy Analysis and Disability Law

Course descriptions

Elder Law Certificate

The Elder Law Certificate allows students to focus on the substantive law upon which an elder law practice is based as well as on the unique issues relevant to client counseling and professionalism when dealing with this expanding population.

Clinics

In the Elder Law Externship, students work under the supervision of attorneys from Kansas Legal Services in matters such as income maintenance, access to health care, housing and consumer protection. Students also enroll in the Elder Law Research Project, in which they help prepare materials for the Kansas Elder Network, an Internet-accessible database on elder law and gerontology.

Students interested in elder law may also participate in the Public Policy Clinic and work on an approved elder law topic. The clinic requires students to undertake in-depth policy studies in response to requests from public officials.

Other Opportunities

Students who have already earned a Juris Doctor may complete the LL.M. Program in Elder Law. The program builds on the strengths of KU Law's existing elder law curriculum by expanding course offerings and clinical opportunities. The objective of the program is to produce graduates who are both knowledgeable and proficient in the law that affects elder citizens.

 

Questions?

Sandra Craig McKenzie
Professor of Law
785-864-9229
scm@ku.edu

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