Health Law

Health law is a dynamic and increasingly important area of law. The healthcare industry is heavily regulated and lawyers are needed to advise a wide range of providers and stakeholders:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians
  • Nursing homes
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Insurers
  • Regulators
  • Health services contractors
  • Patients

Because of the breadth of health law, it intersects many other fields of law. Health lawyers work in diverse areas such as health policy, regulatory compliance, business formation, public health, malpractice and bioethics. This evolving area of law provides opportunities for lawyers to practice in various settings, including private firms, healthcare institutions, government agencies (federal, state and local) and nonprofit organizations.

Core Courses

If you focus on health law, you should start by taking these courses.

  • Health Law
  • Healthcare, Technology & the Law 
  • Bioethics & the Law Seminar
  • Administrative Law

Related Courses

Below are recommended courses related to health law. You should choose courses that will further your career objectives in health law.

  • Advanced Torts
  • Business Associations I
  • Constitutional Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Gender & the Law Seminar
  • Guardianship Practicum
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Law
  • LARW III: Estate Planning & Drafting
  • Law & Psychology Seminar
  • Law and Science Seminar
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Patent Law
  • Scientific Criminal Evidence Workshop
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • White Collar Crime


The law school offers several clinics that will help you build skills in areas that are relevant to health law, such as the Wills & Estates Clinic.

Externships and Internships

Examples of past placements with externships and internships include:

  • Parkland Health & Hospital System
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — Office of Regional Counsel
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services