Special Note: In addition to the class session, students in the course must also be available at times other than the scheduled class hours to attend a hearing, and meet with clients, classmates, the supervising attorney and other interested parties in the case at the law school. As a result, students must have some flexibility in their schedules, particularly during business hours, to permit them to accommodate additional time demands.
This course is an experiential course designed to expose students to administrative
practice before the Social Security Administration, and will entail a clinical component including
the representation of children applying for Social Security Disability. Social Security law will be
discussed in depth and several lawyering skills will be explored in real and simulated practice
experiences, including, trial advocacy, interviewing and negotiation. Under the supervision of
the instructor, students will work in teams to represent a family whose child has been denied
Social Security benefits. All matters involve substantial client interviewing and counseling,
factual investigation, and case development. Students enrolled in this course are strongly advised
to enroll in, or have already completed, a course in Administrative Law.