About this course
Our JD Certificate in Elder Law remains one of the first programs of its kind to address the intersection of elder rights and the law. Today's retirees comprise one of the wealthiest segments of the U.S. population, who need particular advice on how to pass along assets to their children or others, future housing and assisted living arrangements, medical care, incapacity or impairment, and other areas specific to aging. On the other hand, a large segment of elderly individuals are poor and need competent legal advice from governmental agencies and legal aid organizations. The JD Certificate program is designed to equip future attorneys with the skills necessary to advise elderly clients regarding estate planning, wills and trusts, conservatorship and guardianship, health care planning, Medicare/Medicaid planning, employee benefits, and elder rights.
Our cutting-edge curriculum will help you develop a successful, rewarding career advocating for aging and elder clients. The foundational class is a 3-credit doctrinal course exposing students to the statutes and cases that form the constitutional, property, civil procedure, contracts, agency and fiduciary legal framework for elder law. Then, all of the required and elective courses are seminar-style, which provide skills to be a competent, successful, and practice ready elder law professional. The general curriculum has been recently adjusted to strengthen the marketability of our graduates in the current economic environment.