Prior to graduation, students must take at least one course in each of the following areas:

Code requirement

Code Course

Skills/Experiential requirement

Skills/Experiential Course

Administrative requirement

Administrative Course

Writing requirement

Writing Course

Elder Law

The most unique characteristic of elder law is that the practice distinguishes itself by the needs of the population it serves – elders – rather than by a specific doctrine. Elder law attorneys often engage in estate planning, retirement, end-of-life decisions, long term care planning, and guardianship. Many elder law attorneys specialize in assisting clients with government benefits, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Elder law attorneys often work for medical and other specialized institutions, including nursing homes, assisted living centers, continuing care communities, hospitals, and the state and federal agencies that regulate them.

Elder law attorneys are expected to handle the critical emotional and physical needs of older clients, particularly those with disabilities. The practice includes planning for important financial goals and needs, but also issues affecting the day-to-day issues involving the care and quality of life of elders.A concentration program in elder law is available through the Center for Excellence in Elder Law.


Core/Foundational Courses

Recommended Courses

Experiential Courses and Seminars



Full-Time Faculty Focusing on this Pathway



Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

  • Elder Law Society
  • Health Care Law Association
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Association