The need for lawyers trained in health law has been steadily increasing as the health care industry becomes more complex. Rapid advances in medical technology have raised many ethical concerns, especially at the beginning and end of life, and the cost of medical care has become increasingly expensive, presenting a substantial societal, political and fiscal challenge.
In response to these developments, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University has established the Fellowship for Health Law and Policy. Its objective is to train lawyers in health law to represent medical providers, patients, and the health care industry, and to advance health law policy.
As part of the program students are required to complete two 10-week summer externships, approved by the director, after their first and second years. Each externship is supported by a fellowship stipend to cover living expenses, and enables students to integrate the practical experience of full-time work with their formal legal training. At the end of the summer, students are required to submit to the director written reports on their externships. Fellows have the opportunity to attend various program functions and meet regularly with the director.