Medical-Legal Partnership Field Placement Program
The KU School of Law Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a collaboration between the KU School of Law and two health systems: The University of Kansas Health System at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and LMH Health in Lawrence. Under the supervision of experienced MLP attorneys, students assist in providing free transactional legal assistance to low-income patients and their families.
MLP interns gain extensive transactional experience conducting intake interviews; developing case strategies; conducting legal research; and preparing legal pleadings, briefs, and memoranda of support. They can represent clients in administrative hearings and district court if the student is eligible for a student license pursuant to Kansas Supreme Court Rule 719.
Learn more about the medical-legal partnership model in this New York Times article:
When poverty makes you sick, a lawyer can be the cure.
Medical-Legal Partnership Field Placement Resources
Applications for field placements at the two Medical-Legal Partnership sites are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Students can participate during the fall, spring or summer semesters for 3 to 6 credit hours.
The MLP is a collaboration between the KU School of Law and two health systems: The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas, and LMH Health in Lawrence, Kansas. Student interns select a single site and work there over the course of their semester enrollment. Students who have completed at least 28 hours of coursework at the time of placement are eligible to apply for a placement with the MLP.
Students must attend both a mandatory field placement orientation class and a mandatory professionalism seminar in person. Dates and times for the current semester's orientation sessions will be shared with students in KU Law's Weekly Updates email.
Interested students should visit the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership to gain a better understanding of the medical-legal partnership model.
Lindsey L. Collins joined the KU School of Law Medical-Legal Partnership at KU Medical Center in 2015 as the Elizabeth Gallup Mental Health Law Fellow. In 2017, she took over as managing attorney at the KU Medical Center Campus. Before she began her second career as an attorney, she spent over a decade serving her community as a nonprofit organization manager and fundraising professional.
Juliann Morland DaVee joined the KU School of Law in 2016 as the managing attorney of the Medical-Legal Partnership at LMH Health. She previously served as the 2015-2016 SIH/SIU Medical-Legal Partnership LLM Fellow and as a staff attorney for Kansas Legal Services, where she helped implement the Southwest Kansas Medical-Legal Partnership.
Student Testimonial: Advocating for health
Blair Bohm, L'20
From the moment I heard about the Medical-Legal Partnership, I knew I wanted to participate in the program. The MLP provides law students an opportunity to assist attorneys who partner with hospitals and help make a tangible impact in clients’ lives.
During my time at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, I drafted various documents, interacted with clients directly, further developed my research and writing skills, and experienced new areas of law. These are skills that I will carry forward into any job, regardless of where I work after I graduate.
In addition to the skills I developed through the MLP, I received a great legal mentor. Throughout the semester, my supervisor took the time to learn my interests, teach me about new areas of law and share her experiences with me. I got to learn from her through observing client meetings and discussing how to meet clients’ legal needs. Anyone who participates in the MLP will have the opportunity to work with attorneys who are passionate about their work and making a difference in clients’ lives.
Many of the clients at the MLP are experiencing significant hardships. Some people discharge from the hospital into homelessness, others can no longer make decisions for themselves, and some are in the last few months or weeks of their life. During these desperate situations, the thought of having to seek help or hire an attorney could bring someone a substantial amount of added stress.
Through the MLP, we have the opportunity to step in, help meet these clients’ needs and offer the services at no cost. Getting the chance to play a small part in helping these clients has been one of the most meaningful experiences of law school.