HIV and the Law Clinic
2015-2016 School of Law Academic Catalog

LAW 537 - HIV and the Law Clinic

Credits, 3 sem. hours
The HIV and the Law Clinic will provide students with skill-focused instruction through legal assistance to clients and policy-related advocacy. This clinic is part of a medical-legal partnership between the Mississippi Center for Justice, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Mississippi Department of Health.  Students will be exposed to a blend of direct client services and policy work, in areas including employment discrimination, housing violations, and other conduct based on the client’s HIV status. Students may participate in client intake and interviewing, legal research, and document preparation; provide research and writing for policy initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people living with HIV; and participate in educating the community about HIV and related laws. Each student will be required to complete 135 hours of clinical work (which includes both direct services and policy work), in addition to the classroom component (a five-hour introductory class, followed by one-hour classes every other week during the semester).  Enrollment is limited, and students must be eligible for admission under the Mississippi Law Student Limited Practice Act.   Students make application to participate.