Elder Law Certificate

Students should notify the associate dean for academic affairs of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements before the end of their first full academic year. In addition to all other degree requirements, students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of approved coursework that satisfies the following distribution requirements:

A core consisting of 3 of the following courses:

  • Elder Law Externship (each semester is one course)
  • Introduction to Elder Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Additional core courses (beyond 3) will be counted as electives.

Non-law elective (1 of the following):

  • SW 833 Social Work and Aging
  • COMS 784 Proseminar in Communication and Aging aka PSYCH 785
  • ABSC 741 Readings in Gerontology
  • PSYCH 691 The Psychology of Aging
  • PSYCH 787 Gerontology Proseminar

Law electives (3 of the following):

  • Administrative Law
  • Biolaw
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Estate Planning: Practice
  • Estate Planning: Principles
  • Externship Clinic (with approved placement)
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Independent Research (on approved Elder Law topic)
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Externship
  • Public Health Law
  • Public Policy Clinic (on approved Elder Law topic)
  • Any of the core courses taken in excess of the requirements.

Students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of approved course work that satisfies the distribution requirements in order to earn the certificate.

Substitutions may be authorized by the elder law program director.

Course descriptions


Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner
Professor of Law
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Director, Tribal Law & Government Center

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