Students pursuing a J.D. may also earn a Concentration in Health Law by completing required courses of study, specified co-curricular activities, and a practical experience requirement through the Center for Health Law Studies. The Concentration in Health Law intends to allow students to explore and demonstrate an interest in the study of health law. Students pursuing the Concentration in Health Law will be prepared to represent health care providers and systems, work in the public sector, or provide individual advocacy.
Requirements for the Concentration in Health Law include:
• 10 credit hours of health law courses
• A publishable health law research paper
• Attendance and written analysis of five Distinguished Speakers
• Practical health law experience
Health Law Courses and Seminars
Each semester, full-time faculty members teach a wide range of foundational health law courses and policy seminars. The Center also utilizes adjunct health law faculty, who are experienced health law practitioners, to provide a selection of professional skills courses and seminars in health law. Additionally, health law students have the opportunity to take health law-related public health and ethics courses through the School of Public Health and Department of Health Care Ethics.
Health Law In-house Clinics and Externships
Third-year students, supervised by practicing attorneys, work in the SLU Law in-house Legal
Clinics. Health law students have the opportunity to advocate for the elderly and disabled in the
Elder Law Clinic and represent children with disabilities and their families in the Child Advocacy
Clinic. Students may also participate in case development and appellate advocacy concerning substantial legal matters such as state health policy.
Externship positions allow students to gain first-hand legal experience in the health care delivery system. Students are regularly placed in the following organizations within the St. Louis community:
BJC Health System • Saint Louis University School of Medicine • Ascension Health • St. John's Mercy Health System • Washington University School of Medicine • Sisters of Mercy Health System • U.S. Attorneys' Offices, Fraud Division • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs • Missouri Attorney General's Office • Health Sisters Hospital System
Health Law Semester in Washington D.C.
In Washington D.C., law students clerk in a health-related federal agency on a nearly full time basis for the spring semester. Students in the Program will be eligible to earn 12 to 14 credits through a combination of experiential and course work. Students will work full time during the spring semester at an assigned externship placement for up to 12 credits. Student will also enroll in Health Law Agency Practice, a complementary 2-credit course, addressing both professional responsibility issues that arise in agency practice and advanced topics in administrative law. Students enrolled in the Health Law Concentration program, health law dual degree program, or in the health law LL.M. program may apply for the semester in D.C. A student must have successfully completed Administrative Law, Health Care Law, and Professional Responsibility prior to his or her semester in Washington, D.C.
Agency Placements have included:
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of General Counsel
• U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel
• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Quality & Safety, Risk Management Program