Health Law Service - Learning Trip: a How-To Guide

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Summer 2012


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Proving what the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge said was true, that "nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm," Law & Health Care Program (L&HCP) faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law) were infected with the enthusiasm generated by student-led trips to the Gulf Coast organized after Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Diane Hoffmann, the Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and I decided to build on the energy and enthusiasm of these trips by creating a co-curricular health law-focused service trip that would provide a structured opportunity for health law students to practice law in their future field of expertise. We also hoped to give health law students an opportunity to learn about the health-related legal issues of individuals in low-resourced communities as part of UM Carey Law's ongoing mission to meet the "third apprenticeship" of legal education identified by the Carnegie Foundation as the place where knowledge, skills, and the social-ethical dimensions of lawyering come together to help students bridge the gap from law school to practice

Publication Citation

40 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 401 (2012).


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