Health Law Concentration

Health Law is now a complicated, heterogeneous domain of law. Practicing Health Law may call for special skills in corporate law, bioethics, family law, Internet and technology law, and tort law, as well as in other areas of law.

The Health Law concentration program thus recognizes that to prepare students for the careers in Health Law, they must have significant flexibility to design programs of study that allow them to take advantage of the Law School's broad curriculum, while offering the opportunity for greater specialization.

Accordingly, students may select between a general Concentration in Health Law and more specialized programs of study in Health Law and Bioethics and Health Law: Institutional Structures and Financing.

Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement

Professors Janet Dolgin and Jennifer Gundlach serve as concentration faculty advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean.

Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration.

Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). At the initial meeting, students will select one track among the three offered (including the general Health Law track.)

An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation.

Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration's requirements.

A student's concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement.

Course Requirements

Writing Requirement

A student must complete a significant writing project in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on a topic related to the Concentration, as approved by the student’s concentration faculty advisor.

Normally, the writing project for this Concentration will be eligible for Writing Credit I. However, with the agreement of a student’s concentration faculty advisor, a writing project that fulfills Writing Credit II may fulfill the Concentration writing requirement.

It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement.

Minimum GPA

A minimum GPA of 3.1 is required at the time of application for the Health Law Concentration.

A GPA of 3.1 need not be maintained throughout a student’s time in the Concentration; however, a student must graduate with a GPA of 3.1 or higher in order to be awarded credit for the Concentration.