Planning tool: How many lawyers do we need to meet the legal need(s) of our patients?

Friday, October 23, 2020

By Mallory Curran, Ellen Lawton, Kate Marple & Danielle Rahajason National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

One of the questions health care organizations most frequently ask about medical-legal partnership (MLP) is, “How many patients can one-full-time lawyer treat?” They are trying to understand how many lawyers their organization needs to fully address the social and legal needs of its patients. This tool describes the factors that impact an MLP lawyer’s capacity and the types of activities—such as training, curbside consults, and legal representation of patients—that MLP lawyers engage in and the approximate time involved in each. It also offers three models estimating what one MLP lawyer could handle in a year based on the organization’s priorities.