Legal Nurse Consultants (LNCs) are registered nurses who possess both medical and legal knowledge. They assist lawyers by evaluating, researching, analyzing, and rendering opinions on the medical and healthcare aspects of their cases. LNCs are not paralegals; they are healthcare professionals who combine their expertise with highly specialized legal training to resolve healthcare issues within the boundaries of the law.
The primary objective within our Manor College Legal Studies programs is to provide students with an education that will enable them to effectively assist lawyers in all phases of private and public law practice. To achieve this objective, each of our programs is designed to:
- Develop critical thinking and analytical skills in each student;
- Enable each student to become an effective communicator through training in research, writing, listening, and speaking skills;
- Prepare each student to become a competent legal professional by providing theory, practical knowledge, and training; and
- Provide a foundation in ethics and professional responsibility that will enable each student to recognize values and perform legal services in an ethical manner.
Students may choose between two tracks of study:
- Litigation: Recommended for LNCs who want to work fulltime in a law firm or who wish to continue their nursing careers while acting as an independent consultant to litigation attorneys.
- Forensic LNC: Working within the criminal justice system, forensic LNCs liaise with law enforcement and serve as victims’ advocates.
Placement counseling is available to all Legal Studies students. The Legal Studies programs at Manor College are approved by the American Bar Association.
Course Sequence for LNC Certificate