Curriculum

Disability Law Clinic

B553 is taught by C. Weng

The Disability Law Clinic is a three-credit course open to second- and third-year students. Students will assist low-income clients with claims involving Social Security, Veterans, and Medicaid disability benefits; and simple wills for veterans. Students serve as the primary case handlers, handling client interactions, fact investigation, brief writing, agency communications, and most administrative hearings. Students are expected to devote 10-12 hours per week to their clinic responsibilities. This time includes a weekly supervision meeting with the clinic director and office hours.

The primary academic focus of the DLC is problem solving. Students learn a model for problem solving and apply it in their client work and interactions with clinic colleagues. Grading is based on a problem solving portfolio and competency in client work.

If a student has completed 44 credit hours and has taken or is taking the Legal Profession course, the student may be eligible for certification as a legal intern. Certification is required to handle state administrative hearings (Medicaid) and judicial review petitions.

Additional requirement: All students who enroll in the DLC must consent to criminal background and sex offender registry checks pursuant to the Indiana University Policy for Programs Involving Children. More information about the policy and use of information obtained through these checks is available at: (link).

Enrollment requires permission of the clinic director. To apply, please send a statement of interest and a copy of your resume to Carwina Weng (wengc@indiana.edu), two days before the deadline for 3L registration.