Concentration Requirements

(1) Register for the Health Law Concentration 

A student who wishes to pursue the Concentration in Health Law Program must complete an application available online or from Cheryl Cooper in room 941. Students should register as soon as they decide to pursue the Concentration. In no event will a student be permitted to register for the Concentration their last semester of law school.  

(2) Ten credit hours of designated health law courses
Concentration students must take and obtain a grade of C or better in a minimum of ten credit hours in designated health law courses. Courses and seminars which may be used to satisfy this requirement are updated during each registration period for the following semester.

(3) Practical experience
Concentration students must gain supervised experience in a health law practice setting. Students may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in the School's Legal Clinics or Externship Program (generally during the 3rd year of full time study or 4th year of part time or dual degree study). 

In special circumstances, students may satisfy this requirement by establishing a non-credit externship in a practice setting or by submitting evidence of completion of substantial part-time or summer employment in a health law setting including significant research and drafting relating to health care law.  

Non-credit externships and part-time/summer employment require at least 115 hours of work on health law issues under the supervision of a licensed attorney.  A non-credit externship can only count toward the Concentration with prior approval by the Center for Health Law Studies.  

(4) Publishable paper
Students must submit a publishable health law paper to be reviewed and approved by the Director of the School's Center for Health Law Studies. Papers completed for a health law seminar or directed research will fulfill this requirement.  

(5) Colloquia attendance and five (5) critical summaries
Finally, the student must participate in the Center's Colloquia in Health Care Law. The Colloquium Series will provide students with an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in health law. The Colloquia series includes at least five Distinguished Speakers each academic year and an annual Health Law Symposium. Up to two critical summaries can be turned in from any one annual symposium.  

In order to meet this requirement, a student must attend at least five speakers over the course of his or her law school career. Evening students and students with documented class conflicts may view the recorded presentation to fulfill the attendance requirement.  Students can begin fulfilling this requirement during their first year of law school.  A student must have completed at least three critical summaries by the end of the second to last semester of their law school career. 

Critical summaries should consist of a short evaluation of the information presented by the speaker and the student’s reaction to the presentation. The summary usually amounts to 2-4 double spaced pages.Outlines are not accepted. The summaries are due within thirty days of the presentation.  In no event will summaries be accepted after the semester in which the presentation occurred.