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The Human Touch: Clinical Teaching of Elder Law

85 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Dec 2012

Kate Mewhinney

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2010


Two trends make this article timely and valuable for legal educators. One trend is the tremendous growth in the field of elder law and the other is the increased emphasis on clinical teaching. This article describes several elder law clinics and also provides detailed insight into one of the oldest such programs, established in 1991, the Elder Law Clinic of Wake Forest University School of Law.

Part I offers a perspective on the rich learning opportunities these clinics provide, as well as the challenges of running an elder law clinic. Part II focuses on Wake Forest University’s clinic, with an emphasis on its partnership with the medical school. Part III discusses the types of cases typically handled by elder law clinics. Part IV addresses some of the teaching issues, aside from cases, including credits, student selection, reflection opportunities, and course materials. Part V covers some administrative aspects of running such a clinic, including funding, case management, student and client feedback, curricula, and similar topics.

Suggested Citation

Mewhinney, Kate, The Human Touch: Clinical Teaching of Elder Law (December 1, 2010). Stetson Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 1, p. 151, 2010. Available at SSRN:

Kate Mewhinney (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

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