The Law & Health Care Program: Making an Impact
Expanding health insurance to uncovered populations. Physician-assisted suicide. The use of genetic information. Racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care. These and other issues are among the most complex and controversial in our society today.
A pioneer in health care law, the Law and Health Care Program (L&HCP) combines education and research on emerging medical, health policy and legal matters, addressing health law issues from both legal and interdisciplinary perspectives, and capitalizes on access to the state and federal government. Ranked #2 in U.S. News & World Report's survey of the nation's best law school specialty programs, the L&HCP continues to meet the growing demand for lawyers and policy makers capable of addressing this increasingly complex field.
The Law & Health Care Program held its annual graduation breakfast for students who earned the Health Law Certificate on May 13. L&HCP faculty members, students, and their families gathered for several hours of celebration and fellowship before the law school’s graduation ceremonies the following day. Each student was introduced by a faculty member who shared meaningful accomplishments and amusing anecdotes with the audience.
This year the L&HCP is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the 18th year the program has offered the Health Law Certificate to students who complete the concentration in health law. The concentration requires that the students take 17 of their 85 law school credits in health law, participate in a health law clinic or externship, and write a scholarly paper on a health law topic.
"This was a very talented and accomplished class," said Diane Hoffmann, director of the Law & Health Care Program. "We are proud of them, and wish them all luck as they transition into meaningful careers."