Elder Law Field Placement

Elder Law Externship

Students in this field placement work under the supervision of attorneys from Kansas Legal Services in matters such as income maintenance, access to health care, housing, and consumer protection. 

A 'particularly rewarding' experience
John Schoen, L'20

John Schoen

When John Schoen took Professor Craig Reaves’ Elder Law class, he found a passion for helping seniors address the legal challenges that accompany aging. Through the Elder Law Field Placement Program, he did an externship at Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kansas.

“The field placement experience provided me with a broad overview of the type of legal issues that elder clients face and the legal documents that support responsible later life planning,” he said.

At his externship, he was assigned to cases funded for elder clients. He drafted wills and Powers of Attorney, wrote land transfer deeds, gave advice on elder care and Medicaid considerations, and provided statutory guidance. Each task was completed under the guidance of an experienced lawyer.

“It was an excellent opportunity to practice transactional law while under the direct supervision of experienced lawyers,” Schoen said.

Schoen also had the opportunity to interview clients at senior centers in the Kansas City metropolitan area with an advising attorney. The interviews covered a myriad of issues and incorporated face-to-face interactions with clients.

“It was particularly rewarding when we could prepare the appropriate legal documents on site and meet their legal needs in a single visit,” he said.

Read more about John’s experience.

Students enroll in the fall, spring or both and receive 3 credits per semester for the field placement. 

Download an application (PDF)




Marilyn Harp
Executive Director, Kansas Legal Services
Adjunct Faculty