“The horizon recedes as we advance” was a phrase often quoted by Loyola Law School Dean Emeritus Gerald “Gerry” McLaughlin. Dean McLaughlin was a stalwart friend of Disability Rights Legal Center and a founder of the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), who passed away on April 12, 2015.
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Civil Rights Program Externship
Students working with DRLC's Civil Rights Program will have the opportunity to: (1) work on class action and individual impact cases with the Disability Litigation Program and Education Advocacy Programs, allowing them to develop legal research and writing skills and actively participate in all phases of litigation; and (2) conduct intake and provide limited scope advocacy services under the Community Advocacy Program. Students interested in working specifically on issues impacting people with HIV may be considered for placement with DRLC's HIV Law and Policy Project (opportunities are limited). Students who would like to work in the Inland Empire may be placed with DRLC's Inland Empire Program, where they will provide Civil Rights Program services to the communities of the Inland Empire
Students can enroll in as low as 2 units per semester for the Civil Rights Program. Loyola students may satisfy their 40 hour Pro Bono graduation requirement by completing a 2 unit externship. Given the nature of this externship, students schedule their own in office hours to fulfill their requirements.
Cancer Rights Program Externship
The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), a joint program of Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School, provides information, education, and referrals about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line. The CLRC also conducts national education and outreach programs for community groups, employers, and healthcare professionals and is actively involved in community activities to raise public awareness of cancer-related legal and public policy issues.
Students receive training in cancer-related legal issues, including: employment, health law, estate planning, public benefits, consumer law, and various other areas of cancer rights law. In addition, all students gain hands-on experience assisting people with cancer, cancer survivors, their families, friends, and others affected by cancer. Get actively involved by interviewing CLRC callers and providing telephone assistance and information. Enhance your research and writing skills by drafting correspondence and conducting legal research for callers. Law Clerks and Externs have the additional opportunity to participate in health fairs and community programs as schedules permit. Enrich your law school experience and join us in this worthwhile program!
Students can enroll in as low as 1 unit per semester for CLRC. Loyola Law School students may satisfy their 40 hour Pro Bono graduation requirement by completing a 2 unit externship with the CLRC. Given the nature of this externship, students schedule their own in office hours to fulfill their requirements.
Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project
The Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project (LA HLPP) provides legal assistance and files HIV-related civil rights litigation to promote the civil rights and wellbeing of people living with HIV in Los Angeles County. Social realities - such as prejudice, poverty, and barriers to health care - influence the legal needs of this community and their ability access legal help. LA HLPP offers legal services where these social, medical, and legal realities intersect such as in fair employment and housing, privacy, access to treatment, public benefits, immigration, and advance medical or financial planning.
Clerks have the opportunity to interview potential clients about their cases; identify, research, and analyze clients’ legal issues under attorney supervision; evaluate and recommend to attorneys how LA HLPP should represent or advise a client; draft documents for limited-scope representation such as retainer agreements, educational letters, and requests for reasonable accommodations; research, review, and draft all documents for civil rights litigation; staff intake, advice, and brief service clinics in the community; research, create, and present trainings on legal issues faced by people living with HIV; administer a new legal needs assessment in the community; and design, research, and write memoranda on client matters or legal and public policy topics within LA HLPP’s mission. This (redacted) work product may also serve as a writing sample. For questions, please email LA HLPP at email@example.com.
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