Oct 16, 2021  
2021-2022 Law Bulletin 
2021-2022 Law Bulletin

Health Law Certificate

Health law is a complex and rapidly changing field, encompassing a wide range of laws and policies regulating the health care industry and service delivery, as well as addressing patient care and the public’s health. Competent health lawyers are usually generalists; depending on their specific area of legal practice, they are corporate lawyers, administrative and regulatory lawyers, individual rights lawyers, trial lawyers, etc. First, as generalists, their skills are applied to the demands of diverse legal work, which encompasses a broad array of general and specific laws affecting health and health-related organizations as well as a wide range of public and private practice settings. Second, contemporary health lawyers need to have a solid and well-rounded background across many legal curricular disciplines, and they need to be prepared to work with professionals from other non-legal, health-related disciplines. Third, trends in legal education favor structuring a curriculum not only to incorporate doctrinal knowledge and theories but also to promote sound lawyering skills, effective interpersonal behaviors, and professional values, ethics and habits.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Choice of Health Law Course from either Public Health Law focus or Bioethics focus:

Note: Additional courses may be approved by the Associate Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society.

Experiential Learning

Choice of one qualifying experiential learning (E) course, clinic, or externship from either the health law curriculum or J.D. curriculum (in addition to Lawyering Advocacy). Examples include:

Writing Requirement

Students must complete a substantial writing project on a health law topic, supervised by a health law faculty member, that satisfies the COL writing requirement would satisfy this certificate requirement, subject to the certificate’s minimum grade requirement.

Extracurricular Activity

Students must complete fifteen hours or five events such as participation in pro bono service, attendance at conferences or speakers on health law topics, participation in a health law competition, leadership in the Student Health Law Association, etc.


A minimum GPA (average) of 3.00 is required for all courses satisfying certificate requirements.  If a student does not earn a passing grade in a required health law certificate course, the course must be taken again. Both the failing grade from the first attempt and the passing grade from the second attempt will be calculated in the GPA for the certificate, and the student must still meet the minimum GPA of 3.00. If a student does not earn a passing grade in an elective or experiential learning course taken toward the certificate requirements, the student may take a different course that satisfies that requirement instead, and the higher grade will be counted toward the certificate GPA. If a student takes more than one course that meets a certificate requirement, then the student can utilize the highest eligible grade when computing the GPA.

A minimum grade of 3.00 is also required for the writing requirement.

Honors will be awarded for a GPA (average) of 3.60 or higher in all health law courses taken for the certificate or as additional electives.

Total: 19-22 Credit Hours