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Upcoming Events

  • ASLME's Next Steps in Health Reform
    October 26-27, 2017
    Keynote address by Sylvia Matthews Burwell, President, American University, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

Past Events

  • How Can Students Prepare Themselves For A Career in Health Law?
    Panelists: Kirk Nahra, Johanna Michaels Kreisel, Holly Barker
    Moderator: Professor Scielzo
    Date: Februray 9, 2017
    Time: 6:00-7:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)
    Location: Yuma YT16

  • Symposium on the Future of Health Reform
    Date: February 8, 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Panelists: Elizabeth Taylor, Clifford Barnes, Joel Michaels, Susan Polan.

  • Annual Symposium on Mental Health
    Sponsor: Health Law & Policy Brief

    Date: November 10, 2016
    Time: 12:00 PM
    More details coming soon!

  • Government Contracts Career Panel and Reception Honoring
    Professor William Carroll and Professor Martin Harty
    for their years of service to WCL teaching Government Contracts

    Date: October 26, 2016
    Time: 6:00 Career Panel
    7:00 PM Reception
    Location: Warren Lobby

  • Health Law Career Panel
    Panelists: Shruti Modi, Chika Duru, and Ashley Hudson
    Moderator: Professor Wiley

    Date: October 20, 2016
    Time: 6:00-7:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM – free food!)
    Location: Yuma Y115

  • Chat With the Director: Health Law
    Date: October 11, 2016

Why Health Law & Policy?

Health law is dynamic and diverse. Health lawyers work in many different settings, representing and advising policymakers, government agencies, patients, health care providers, insurers, and pharmaceutical, biologic, medical device, food, and beverage companies. Health care spending makes up nearly 20% of the US economy. Legislation, regulations, and case law at the federal and state level promote healthy living conditions and access to health care, protect patients’ privacy and autonomy, contain costs and eliminate fraud and abuse, and ensure the safety of pharmaceuticals and other products. Attorneys play a vital role and health law is consistently identified as one of the hottest employment markets for new lawyers.

Studying Health Law & Policy at WCL

AUWCL brings the practice of health law directly into the classroom, ensuring that students graduate practice-ready and connected to opportunities in the field. Our students benefit from a depth of health law course offerings that few law schools are able to match, including courses in health law and policy, food and drug law, health care privacy and data security, health care fraud and abuse, health care business transactions, medical malpractice, bioethics, public health law, and global health law. Students can take our health law courses during the fall and spring semesters and during the annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute, which is also open to legal professionals and students from other schools. Summer Institute courses led by expert practitioners delve into the legal, regulatory, policy, and compliance implications of up-to-the minute developments in this dynamic field. Many students also pursue coursework in related fields such as intellectual property, nonprofit law, antitrust, civil rights, disability law, privacy law, employment and labor law, insurance and pension law, and poverty law. Health law also draws on many foundational fields of legal study and practice, including contract law, torts, constitutional law, administrative law, business associations, and tax law.

Students who have completed their first law degree (e.g., JD or LL.B.) may pursue an LL.M. degree with a Health Law Specialization.

JD and LL.M. students at AUWCL extend their studies beyond the classroom, participating in a wide array of internships and externships in the Washington, DC area. While law students from other areas are limited to summers or a single semester in DC, AUWCL students hone their skills and build their resumes year-round at local, state, federal, and international health agencies and organizations.

Students also build expertise through leadership and enrichment opportunities with the Health Law & Policy Students Association (HLPSA), which organizes conferences, career panels, and networking opportunities, the Health Law & Policy Brief (HLPB), a student-run publication and blog, and teams that participate in health law moot court, transaction, and regulatory and compliance competitions across the country. Law students across the nation also have the opportunity to participate in AUWCL's Annual National Health Law Writing Competition.

Members of the Executive Board for HLPB and HLPSA

Professor Asha Scielzo engaging with students