Miami Law Health Rights Clinic

Clinic Requirements: Prospective Students

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Are you a student who is ready to:

  • Represent real clients in real cases?
  • Work collaboratively with health care professionals to help clients?
  • Make a difference in people’s lives with Social Security Disability Hearings, Immigration cases, Medical/Food Security cases?
  • Help people with disabilities including HIV/AIDS?

Then the Health Rights Clinic is for you. The Clinic requirements include:


The seminar component of the Health Rights Clinic provides substantive instruction in the clinic's primary practice areas and skills training. The seminar also includes live client mock hearings and clinical "case rounds" designed to reinforce substantive training and to emphasize real-world professional responsibility issues

Time Commitment/Credits

  • The Health Rights Clinic is a two-semester, twelve-credit course.
  • Students are required to spend 18 to 24 hours per week on clinic related work.
  • Students are required to reserve a four-hour block for client intake once a week. (Client intake is typically conducted at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Veteran's Administration Hospital.)
  • Students are required to attend weekly case supervision/case round meetings.
  • Clinic class meets for one hour and fifty minutes twice a week.

Click here to apply.


JoNel NewmanJoNel Newman, Esq. is the Director of Heath Rights Clinic and a Professor at Miami Law.

Flickr Watch video of Professor Newman where she discusses the clinic.


Read the Fall 2014 Newslettter


We provide legal services to the homeless and disabled veteran population of South Florida. Read More.



“Immigrant Medicaid” story aired nationally on the Al Jazeera American network

Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic Students Save the Life of Undocumented Farmworker

Why Miami's Health Rights Clinic Offers Veterans Free Legal Services - WLRN

University of Miami legal clinic helps secure benefits for ill Army veteran - The Miami Herald

Despite progress in backlog, thousands of Florida’s veterans still wait for benefits- The Miami Herald

Miami Herald - UM law students dig into healthcare policy to help a patient get life-saving treatment

Flickr View more photos of our clinic in action on Flickr.

See full In the News listing.


Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers

We are recognized by ETL - an organization dedicated to facilitating innovation and reform in legal education. Read More.

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP)

NCMLP, a project of the GW University School of Public Health and Public Health Services' Department of Health Policy, has recognized our clinic's medical-legal partnership. Read More.

Access to Justice Clinical Course Project (A2J Clinic Project)

Our clinic is one of 6 law school clinics chosen to participate in and create a course kit. Read More.

CLEA Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project, 2010, Fred Hawkins and Matt Eandi


Patricia Elizee, JD '10, and Larisa Hernandez, JD '09 participated in the Health Rights Clinic and have opened their own firm specializing in areas of the law they practiced while in our clinic.