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815 Health Advocacy Clinic (4)

The Health Advocacy Clinic is a medical-legal partnership between NIU Law, Aunt Martha’s Health Center and Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. The clinic is housed in Aurora, IL at Hesed House. Law students participating in the clinic provide free legal assistance to low-income patients of Aunt Martha’s by conducting intakes, interviewing clients, developing case strategies, conducting research, preparing documentation and representing clients during administrative hearings.

Case subject matters focus on achieving income stability through public benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps. Law students collaborate with medical providers and social workers to resolve some of the legal barriers that have a profoundly negative impact on health. Students are expected to complete weekly on-site office hours in Aurora as well as participate in a weekly seminar.

This elective course is normally offered every year.

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