LL.M. Health Law Specialization

Law and Government LL.M. students who are interested in health law can earn a Health Law Specialization Certificate. The Specialization is a rigorous program designed to prepare lawyers for careers in the dynamic field of health law.

To fulfill the Specialization, students must complete a total of 12 credits from a list of approved courses and one health-law paper. Students who specialize in domestic health law must complete Health Law (4 credits) and Administrative Law (3 credits), unless they can show that they have already completed equivalent courses at other law schools. Students who specialize in international health law must take Health Law but are not required to take Administrative Law. Students have considerable flexibility in choosing how they fulfill the remaining credits of the specialization. WCL offers a wide range of health law courses, and LL.M. students are encouraged to consult with WCL faculty to tailor a course package that fits their goals.

Students specializing in Health Law can also earn academic credit through experiential learning. Washington, D.C. offers students a wide range of health law externships. These externships enable students to make valuable personal connections and to translate their classroom efforts into practical experience. The Program on Law and Government encourages LL.M. students to explore the many externship opportunities available in the nation's capital and is committed to helping students find externships that are tailored to each student's interests and goals.

In addition to regular academic year offerings, students are encouraged to participate in the Summer Institute on Health Law and Policy. This flexible two-week program provides students and practitioners with training on a broad spectrum of health law and policy topics. Custom-developed courses taught by prominent health lawyers from private practice, health care organizations, government, and nongovernmental organizations provide an intensive learning experience. Academic credits earned in the Health Law and Policy Summer Institute may be used toward the LL.M. Health Law Specialization.

For more information about the Health Law Specialization, please email lawandgov@wcl.american.edu.