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Health Law Certificate


For more information about the Health Law Certificate, please contact Professor Amy Campbell.


I. Course Requirements 

15 Total Credits: (Doctrinal, Experiential Learning, and Writing Requirements) = 8 Core Credits (Doctrinal credits) + 7 Elective Credits (Includes but is not limited to Experiential & Writing credits) 

A. Core Credits: 

1. Health Law I: Quality and Access (3) 

2. Health Law II: Finance and Regulation (2) 

3. Administrative Law (3) 

Note: It is recommended that students complete these three core course requirements in the 2L year because they set a critical foundation on which to build enhanced learning and understanding of general or specific, focus areas of health law.

B. Elective Credits:

1. Health Law Writing Requirement (2-3)

Note: Students can fulfill this requirement through completion of a law review note (upon approval of faculty mentor and Institute Director), OR, through Health Law Seminar, Mental Health Law Seminar, or other Seminar with health law-related paper (upon approval of seminar faculty and Institute Director). (This may also meet the Law School’s writing requirement.)

2. Experiential Learning (2-4)

Note: Students can fulfill this requirement by taking a health law-related clinic (TBA), doing a health law-related externship, or taking another health law-related skills course. (This may also meet the Law School’s skills requirement.) 

3. Other Electives:*


F Bioethics & the Law (2)
TBD Elder Law Health Clinic (4)
F/S Externship, Health Law Placement (2-4)
TBD Food and Drug Law (2 or 3)
TBD Health Care Insurance & Regulation Seminar (2)
F/S Health Law Seminar (2 or 3)
F Health Policy Practicum (2)
TBD Mental Health Law (3)
F Mental Health Law Seminar (2 or 3)
S Public Health Law (3)


F Elder Law (3)
TBD Employee Benefits (2)
TBD Environmental Law (3)
TBD Intellectual Property Survey (3)
S Legislation (2 or 3)
TBD Nonprofit Organization Tax (3)
TBD Patent Law (3)
TBD Products Liability (2)
S White Collar Crime (2)

*F = offered in the Fall term
S = offered in the Spring term  




Health Law I (2L)

Health Law II (2L)

Administrative Law (2L/3L)


Health Law Seminar (3L)

Or other writing (3L)

Mental Health Law Seminar (2L or 3L)

Or other Writing (2L or 3L)

[1]Not all of these courses are offered each year.  Additionally, other courses may also be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Institute Director.

II. Non-Course Requirements

Students must complete at least twenty-five hours of non-course work related to health law while enrolled in the Certificate program. Permissible activities include doing pro bono work with the Health Law Section of the MBA, assisting MALS with health law fairs, providing pro bono legal services or law related education for health organizations, and other activities in consultation with the Pro Bono Coordinator and the Institute Director. Students should arrange a meeting with the Pro Bono Coordinator to discuss options as soon as enrolling in the Certificate program.

Students must also attend an annual meeting held for all students enrolled in the Certificate of Health Law program. 

III. Grade Point Requirement

To satisfy the requirements of the Certificate in Health Law, each student must demonstrate a successful understanding of the fundamentals of health law by holding a GPA of at least 2.0 and obtaining an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in the building-block courses of Torts I and Torts II, and Constitutional Law. Students must receive at least a 3.0 GPA in all courses taken to satisfy the certificate.

To receive the certificate with honors, a student must complete the graded courses to satisfy the certificate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive a grade of Excellent in at least two-thirds of the non-graded coursework taken to satisfy the certificate requirements.

IV. When to Enroll

Students in good academic standing may enroll after completing one year of full-time law study (or thirty hours as a part-time student). A student may not enroll after registration for his/her final semester of study.

V. How to Enroll

A student enrolls by submitting a completed enrollment form (available on TWEN) to the Institute Director. In completing the form, the student must certify that he/she can satisfy the requirements of the certificate program and is committed to fulfilling its requirements. A student will be dropped from the program if he/she fails to meet the requirements.

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