Law & Health Care Program
Health Law Certificate Requirements
Students interested in obtaining the Health Law Certificate should meet with Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, early on in their law school career to discuss the requirements for the Health Law Certificate and how to plan their course schedules to meet the Certificate requirements. On or before April 1 of your final semester (November 1 for December graduates), you must complete the Health Law Certificate Application form available online and submit the form to Virginia Rowthorn in hard copy or scanned via email.
To obtain the Health Law Certificate, students must complete a minimum of 17 credits in Health Law in three areas (Courses/Seminars, Experiential Learning, and Writing Requirement) pursuant to the following requirements:
Courses and Seminars (at least 6 credits)
Required Course: Health Care Law & Policy (3 cr)
To meet the 6 credit requirement in this section, the student must take additional health law courses. A list of courses that will apply toward the Health Law Certificate is available at this link: http://www.law.umaryland.edu/programs/health/curriculum.html?subject=8.
Other Courses and Credits that Apply to the Health Law Certificate (these cannot be used to meet the 6 credit coursework requirement)
- Administrative law (3 cr)
- Health Law Practice Workshop (2 cr)
- Employee Benefits Seminar (ERISA) (1 credit of this 3 credit course can be applied to the Certificate)
- Families With Special Needs Children Seminar (1 credit of this 3 credit seminar can be applied to the Certificate)
- Constitutional Limitations with Professor Power (1 credit of this 3 credit course can be applied to the Certificate)
- Journal of Health Care Law & Policy (maximum of 6 credits)
Experiential Learning Component (at least 3 but no more than 6 credits of Health Law Externship and/or Health Law Clinic credits)
- Externships (all students doing a Health Law Externship must complete the Health Law Practice Workshop for an additional 2 credits) AND/OR
- Health Law Clinics
- Drug Policy Clinic
- Public Health Clinic
- Civil Rights of Individuals with Disabilities Clinic
- Health Care Delivery and Child Welfare Clinic (HIV/AIDS clinic)
- Research and Writing Requirement
This component can be satisfied through a
- Seminar Paper
- Independent Written Work on a health-related topic
- Health Law Moot Court or other approved competition paper
- Journal of Health Care Law & Policy (published papers only – online or hard copy)
- Health Law Writing Competition
If it is a graded paper, you must receive a grade of B or higher for the paper to count toward the health law certificate.
As long as the paper meets the requirements in (a), it does NOT have to be the paper the student uses to meet the Advanced Writing Requirement (cert paper).