Legal Nurse Consultant Program Modules - Capital University Law School

Legal Nurse Consultant Program Modules

  • The LNC Program at the Law School consists of 10 one-month modules. You will earn a total of 20 credit hours for graduate-level work. Each module includes 20 hours of in-class instruction at the Law School the second weekend of each month on Friday from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The remainder of each module is completed online and by weekly conference calls on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

    A new program starts each January. Please note that we must have a minimum class size of three students to go forward in January. The schedule is intentionally designed for the working R.N. with the understanding that your schedule does not fit into a traditional classroom schedule.

    Program Modules

    Module I: LNC Practice
    This module will cover three main topics: (1) the LNC profession, (2) legal and medical ethics facing legal nurse consultants, and (3) professional development. Students will discuss the role and responsibilities to the LNC in a variety of settings including law firms, corporations, or acting as independent consultants. Students will identify various ethical issues that non-lawyer professionals face, including the unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, and conflicts of interest. Students will review the case law, statutes, and codes of professional responsibility applicable to non-lawyer professionals. Students will also begin formulating a professional development strategy that includes preparing a cover letter and resume, and practicing interviewing techniques applicable to the legal nurse consultant profession.

    Module II: Foundations
    The first part of this module will provide a refresher course on proper grammar, correct punctuation, and other writing skills fundamental to the LNC. The second part of this module will provide a general overview of the court system, legal case analysis, and the fundamental topics of torts and contracts as these relate specifically to the responsibilities of a legal nurse consultant. Students will discuss tort issues useful to the legal nurse consultant including the elements of, defenses to, and damages available in a tort action. Students will review case law and prepare case briefs identifying the various elements of a court opinion and analyzing the relevant facts and law. Students will also discuss general contract provisions and the required elements for a valid and enforceable contract.

    Module III: Civil Litigation
    This module will cover the civil litigation process, including application of the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Evidence. Students will discuss the pre-trial and trial process, and examine a personal injury fact pattern. Students will also develop practical skills by interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing interrogatories, preparing witnesses for a mock deposition, conducting the deposition, and preparing exhibits for trial.

    Module IV: Health Care & Insurance Law

    This module will cover topics related to the health care and insurance industries. Students will discuss the structure of the health care system and the Affordable Care Act. Students also will address health care issues involving informed consent, medical ethics, hospital staff privileges, physician/nursing licensure, foregoing and terminating treatment, elder law, managed care and needs certification, and fee-for-service and managed care models. Students will focus on a variety of insurance law issues including insurance policies, carriers and statutory provisions relating to the insurance industry, risk management, the role of the LNC in the insurance industry and risk management, and insurance issues as they impact litigation and damages.

    Module V: Workers’ Compensation

    This module will cover the following subject matter: This is a survey course intended to familiarize students with the substantive workers’ compensation and social security law of Ohio. Practical examples are used in this course to illustrate points and identify issues. The skills that are emphasized include obtaining information that is relevant to the frequently encountered issues in workers’ compensation claims. In addition, this course includes an overview of the administration of the Ohio system as to information relevant and necessary for the processing of a claim, client intake information, calculation of benefits, and appropriate forms for filing various claims. Social Security claims, benefit programs, hearings, appeal process, and claims are also addressed.

    Module V: Medical Research & Records
    This module will focus on medical/factual research and writing, and other issues related to medical records. Students will learn to conduct and compile medical research, and present research data. Students will also discuss medical databases, grandfather and authoritative texts, medical standards of care, non-medical standards of care, professional organizations, and on-line research techniques, and utilize these resources to conduct a medical research assignment. The course will also cover topics including the nurse as deponent and researching expert witnesses.

    Module VII: Legal Research & Writing I
    This module will cover the following subject matter: A review fundamentals of grammar, syntax, and style; processes to encourage students to enlarge their active vocabulary; methods and techniques to assist the students in developing a clear and concise writing style; and an introduction to the legal style of writing. There will be a brief introduction to various legal research tools and terms.

    Module VIII: Legal Research & Writing II

    This module will cover the following subject matter: A comprehensive presentation of the process of legal research and the various tools used to accomplish this process; techniques to develop the student's ability to perform legal research and to apply research to various legal documents; an introduction to various legal documents and the process for their preparation; practical application of legal research & writing skills and actual preparation of legal documents such as letters, deposition summaries, and legal memoranda and motions.

    Module IX: LNC Practicum

    This module will cover the following subject matter: Using a medical malpractice fact pattern, this practicum will teach the skills of analyzing medical records and producing a chronology(ies) (a record summary in chronological order) for the attorney; researching and preparing a report on an expert (both your own and opposing counsel’s expert); preparing the expert for deposition and trial; preparing a report on standards of care for use by the attorney; handling yourself as an expert witness (mock direct and cross examination); preparing a damages package; the LNC’s role in ADR/settlement.

    Module X: Creating a Consulting Business

    This module will cover the business aspects of developing a legal nurse consulting business, creating a business plan; establishing a small business; obtaining business funds/loans; and developing marketing strategies and methods as a legal nurse consultant. Students also will learn about the benefits and liabilities of independent practices, free-lance work, and partnerships; and selecting professional negligence insurance. Students will evaluate technology options for a consulting business and web-based marketing options.