Health Care Law

Health Care Law

The Health Care Law Course of Study is designed for students interested in learning about the legal regulation of health care access, quality, and cost. 

The foundational courses introduce students to the basic structure of our health care delivery system: the relationship between different health care providers (e.g., physician groups and hospitals); their relationship with insurers (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare, managed care companies); the legal and social forces that control access to the health care system; and the public and private regulation of quality.

Students can use this foundation to further specialize in any of the following areas: business planning and regulatory compliance for health care companies; public interest advocacy to improve access and quality; bioethics and patient protections in research; biotechnology; and product liability and personal injury disputes. 

Foundational Courses

  • Health Law Survey: The Legal Regulation of Access, Quality, & Cost in the U.S.
  • Bioethics and the Law Survey: Medical Treatment, Research, & Policy
  • Administrative Law (or Introduction to Administrative Law)
  • Health Insurance Regulation: Law, Policy, Politics

Courses Related to Public Interest Advocacy

  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Disability Law
  • Health Care Access: How Legal & Social Forces Shape Access in the U.S.
  • Mental Disability Law Seminar
  • Prisoner Civil Rights
  • Public Interest Law Practice Seminar
  • Race, Gender and the Law
  • Women and the Law

Courses Related to Business Planning and Regulatory Compliance

  • Health Care Organizations:  Business Planning & Regulatory Compliance
  • White Collar Crime Seminar
  • Business Organizations
  • Nonprofit Corporate Law & Governance
  • Antitrust Law

Courses Related to Civil Litigation and Personal Injury

  • Medical Malpractice Litigation Seminar
  • Mass Torts Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Law

Experiential Opportunities

  • Veterans Benefits Practicum
  • Health Care Practicum: Private Placement with Health Plan or Personal Injury Firm (requires adviser’s approval)
  • Students have obtained externships in government, at hospitals (e.g. Cedars Sinai Hospital and Children’s Hospital), and with other nonprofit organizations providing advocacy or services related to health care (e.g. National Health Law Program, Consumer Watchdog, Bet Tzedek, Lanterman Regional Center)

Some courses are only offered every other year.

For more information on this course of study and health law externships, contact the Health Law Faculty Adviser, Brietta Clark.
Office:  Burns 200; Phone: 213.736.1494; Email: