Medical-Legal Partnership Field Placement
In the Medical-Legal Partnership Field Placement Program, the School of Law collaborates with two separate health systems — the University of Kansas Health Systems (including the University of Kansas Hospital) and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Students participating in the MLP provide free legal assistance to low-income patients of its medical partners, under the supervision of experienced MLP staff. Students are given the opportunity to conduct intake interviews, develop case strategies, conduct legal research, prepare legal documents, and provide representation in administrative hearings and court (if eligible for a Rule 719 license).
Learn more about the medical-legal partnership model in this New York Times article:
When poverty makes you sick, a lawyer can be the cure
Advocating for health
Blair Bohm, L'20
From the moment I heard about the Medical-Legal Partnership, I knew I wanted to participate in the program. The MLP provides law students an opportunity to assist attorneys who partner with hospitals and help make a tangible impact in clients’ lives. During my time at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, I drafted various documents, interacted with clients directly, further developed my research and writing skills, and experienced new areas of law. These are skills that I will carry forward into any job, regardless of where I work after I graduate.
In addition to the skills I developed through the MLP, I received a great legal mentor. Throughout the semester, my supervisor took the time to learn my interests, teach me about new areas of law and share her experiences with me. I got to learn from her through observing client meetings and discussing how to meet clients’ legal needs. Anyone who participates in the MLP will have the opportunity to work with attorneys who are passionate about their work and making a difference in clients’ lives.
Many of the clients at the MLP are experiencing significant hardships. Some people discharge from the hospital into homelessness, others can no longer make decisions for themselves, and some are in the last few months or weeks of their life. During these desperate situations, the thought of having to seek help or hire an attorney could bring someone a substantial amount of added stress. Through the MLP, we have the opportunity to step in, help meet these clients’ needs and offer the services at no cost. Getting the chance to play a small part in helping these clients has been one of the most meaningful experiences of law school.
Applications for field placements at the two Medical-Legal Partnership sites are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Download the application (PDF)
Students can apply to enroll for the fall or spring semester (3 credits) or summer sessions (1-3 credits per session). The MLP is a collaboration between the KU School of Law and two health systems: The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas, and Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas. Student interns select a single site and work there over the course of their semester enrollment.
To apply for a field placement with the MLP, please submit a completed application form to either of the Managing Attorneys. Placements will be determined on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Students who have completed at least 28 hours of coursework at the time of placement are eligible to apply for a placement with the MLP.
Students must attend both a mandatory field placement orientation class and a mandatory professionalism seminar in person.
- Mandatory Field Placement Orientation: August 27, 2019 from 10 - 11 a.m. OR August 29, 2019 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Both orientation sessions will be held in 108 Green Hall. Students do not need to attend both orientation sessions.
- Mandatory Professionalism Seminar: Please see the KU Laws email for this semester's time and date.
Interested students should visit www.medical-legalpartnership.org to gain a better understanding of the medical-legal partnership model.