In striving to effect its goals, the Institute for Health Law and Policy supports the following programs:

  1. The Concentration in Health Law for students presently enrolled in the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University’s J.D. program recognizes students who have completed a requisite number of courses related to health law and who have written an erudite treatise in the field of health law.
  2. The Health Law and Policy Fellowship provides a tuition scholarship for Hofstra Law’s J.D. students who are committed to careers in health law. Fellows participate in multiple externships, engage in research and writing, plan conferences and symposia, and select courses from several available health law offerings.
  3. Membership in the Health Law Society is open to all J.D. and LL.M. candidates and provides interaction among students interested in health law. The Health Law Society sponsors speakers on subjects related to careers in health law, assists in the arrangement of health law conferences, holds social events and fosters special projects.
  4. An active conference schedule provides the opportunity for both education and policy development. Conferences have included:
    “Biomedical Research and the Law: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Its Relationships With Government, Academia, Physicians and Consumers” in 2006.
    “Embryonic Stem Cells, Clones and Genes: Science, Law, Politics and Values” in 2008.
    “New Directions in American Health Care: Innovations From Home and Abroad” in 2010.
    “The Ethical Use of Internet Cloud-Based Apps and Social Media (ICASM) in Health Care, Medicine and Life Science” in 2012.
  5. Externships fostered by Hofstra Law’s close alliances with health law firms, medical centers, government, and industry provide a wide array of exciting experiences for students.
  6. The health law curriculum includes a diverse set of courses, including: Administrative Health Law; Bioethics and the Law; Biotechnology: Law, Business, and Regulation; Comparative Health Care Liability: Compensation for Medical Accidents; Comparative Health Care Regulation; Constitutional Issues in Health Law; Elder Law; Health Law; Law and Medicine: Cooperative Professionalism; Law and Psychiatry; Law of Medical Product Discovery, Development and Commercialization; Law’s Response to Reproductive Technology; Legal Decision Making for Children and Incompetent Adults; Managed Care and the Evolution of the Doctor-Patient Relationship; Medical Malpractice; Medicare and Medicaid Law; Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System; Patent Law; Products Liability; and Representing Health Care Providers.
  7. The institute encourages scholarship in health law and policy. The Hofstra Law Review published selected papers from Hofstra’s health law-focused conferences on biomedical research, embryonic stem cells and new directions in American health care.

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