Course Planning

A student enrolled in health law courses work not only with unique doctrinal areas of law but also with general areas of law. As such, most of the health law courses involve the application of law to the atypical demands of the health care setting. These applications involve the student in advanced study of basic areas of law such as administrative law, constitutional law, and business law.

For students interested in health law, we generally conceptu­alize the School of Law's offerings into several "traditional" patterns that students and the practice follow. One area tends to focus on litigation and professional negligence actions. A second focuses on the legal complexities of the business of health care institutions and enterprises. Another area are health law issues that are mostly regulatory in nature. The areas are not mutually exclusive and students will find it useful to attempt to become somewhat familiar with all areas. For example, regulatory health law practice may involve litigation based skills as well as a complex knowledge of fraud and abuse.

The School of Law offers many courses applicable to a wide variety of substantive settings. These courses are also relevant to health law or include health law topics. Although these courses are foundational and important, they do not count toward the Concentration in Health Law.

In addition, there are several courses that can be viewed as pure "health law" offerings. These classes will count toward the Health Law Concentration. Included in this group are courses such as Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Health Care Quality.

Note: The practice of health law requires a firm legal foundation. In recognition of the importance of a broad legal education, the Health Law Concentration requires only ten credit hours of designated health law courses.

Non dual degree J.D. students are permitted to take up to six hours of graduate coursework toward their J.D. degree outside the Law School. There are many health law-related course offerings in other parts of the University. For example, the School of Public Health offers a variety of graduate level courses in areas such as health care organization, epidemiology, and public health administration. Students may consider a course at the School of Business or School of Social Work. Permission is required before enrolling in these courses.
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