AIDS/HIV and Cancer Legal Project

This course is an in-house legal clinic in which students provide supervised legal representation for persons with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Students in the course will represent, under the close supervision of clinical instructors, persons with HIV/AIDS and cancer in the following categories: document preparation (wills, living wills, health care powers of attorney, powers of attorney); government benefits cases (Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Disability, food stamps); permanency planning for children; questions of insurance coverage; guardianship proceedings; employment and housing discrimination; other civil cases affecting the legal rights of persons with HIV disease and cancer. Students will be certified under North Carolina's Student Practice Rules. Classroom work will consist of a day-long intensive training at the beginning of the semester as well as weekly, two-hour group sessions to work on specific lawyering skills. Students will also meet individually with clinic instructors once a week. Each student will have an individual case load and will be required to spend a minimum of 150 hours on their clinic cases. AIDS and the Law is recommended, but not required for enrollment in the clinic. This clinic is offered each semester. Students must be at least in their second semester, second year to take this clinic, because of the requirements of the Student Practice Rules.

Clinics Enrollment Policy


This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.

Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.

International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the clinic's faculty director prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.

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** Variable Credits 4-6 **

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

Prerequisite Information

Students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to participating in a clinic or an externship. The Law of Lawyering (LAW 238) and Ethics in Action (LAW 539) fulfill this prerequisite.


Carolyn McAllaster, Allison Rice, S. Hannah Demeritt
AIDS/HIV and Cancer Legal Project 400.02
Spring 2015

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