Health Law Clinic
Available to: 2nd and 3rd year students
The Health Law Clinic introduces students to current issues in medical care and treatment, including how to assure the quality of care and how to make medical care broadly available. Students work in a wide variety of settings in which the issues of quality and access arise. The Health Law Course provides a forum for students to share their experiences and explore these issues in greater depth.
Course: Health Law (3 cr., graded, Spring) Health Law provides an introduction to the broad array of legal principles involved in the delivery of health care today. Legal issues related to health policy, health care administration, and biomedical ethics will be included. Topics to be addressed include the physician-patient relationship; confidentiality; informed consent; medical error and apology; medical malpractice and tort reform; end of life issues such as withholding and withdrawing care; Good Samaritan laws; reproductive health issues, including contraception, abortion, and stem cell research; human subjects research; organ transplantation; and regulation of pharmaceuticals.
Health Law courses offered in previous semesters may also qualify as the pre-requisite course for the Health Law Clinic. Check with the Clinical Program Office for more information.
Placements: (2 or 3 cr., P/F every semester with pre- or co-requisite). Placements are with a variety of health lawyers/health care institutions in the community and may include malpractice counsel, insurance companies, regulatory institutions, or professional associations. Placements may also be arranged with health care providers or financing organizations. Placements are individually arranged by the instructor in consultation with the student.
Registration and Placement: Students may enroll in the course online. To enroll in the clinic, students must complete the Clinical Program Application Form. Students then consult with Professor Francis and/or Professor Smith regarding their preferred placement. Students will then be enrolled in the clinic.
LAW 7360-001: Health Law Spring: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:45 am – 12:10 pm
LAW 7361-001: Health Law Clinic Every semester (2-3 credits) with pre- or co-requisite
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