The experiential (or practice-based) learning requirement of the Health Law Certificate Program can be met through a health law externship or clinic. Both of these experiences offer students the opportunity to practice health law in a “real life” setting. Through the Health Law Externship Program, students work for academic credit in one of many health law practice settings under the supervision of a health law attorney. The Clinical Law Program allows students to represent individuals or community groups with health law-related legal issues under the supervision of a faculty member.
Through the externship program, students interested in health law may earn credit by working for organizations and government agencies dealing with health care issues. Typically, students who elect to complete a health law externship in the spring or fall spend 2 full days a week at their placements for 4 credits but students can earn from two to 13 credits depending on how many hours they spend at their placement. In addition to field experience, externships include a classroom component. Students who complete an externship must also enroll in the Health Law Practice Workshop, which is offered in the fall of each year. View our current externship placement list »
Externships have included placements at:
The Clinical Law Program allows law students, under faculty supervision, to represent real clients with real legal problems. The program received the John Minor Wisdom Award from the American Bar Association in 1991 for its "high standards of professionalism and outstanding contributions in promoting an open profession and an open system of justice." It was the first law school program to be so recognized.
Our Clinics afford second and third year students an opportunity to represent clients in cases involving access to or payments for health care. Clients have included low-income families and children, children and adults with disabilities, homeless persons and the elderly.
Student representation may require:
The Clinical Law Program gives students the opportunity to focus on representing clients with other legal problems. Working with the hospital’s AIDS outpatient clinic, students advise and represent clients with HIV infection and their families. Working with programs serving the homeless, students advise and represent homeless clients. Legal issues confronting these clients and their student attorneys include obtaining public benefits and fighting discrimination in housing, employment and health care.
The following UM Law Clinics satisfy the Experiential Requirements for the Health Law Certificate: