Welcome to the 2015 Health Law and Policy Summer Institute!

Health law is an incredibly complex and dynamic field. It encompasses many diverse areas of legal practice including, litigation, regulatory counseling, and corporate practice, to name only a few. The field of health law has expanded significantly in recent years and will continue to grow in importance.

What is the Institute?

The Health Law and Policy Summer Institute at American University Washington College of Law welcomes both students and experienced professionals from around the nation. The Institute offers a range of courses to select from, all of which will be taught by leading health law experts. Each course will delve into the legal, regulatory, policy and compliance implications of the subject matter at hand, with emphasis on practical insights and application.

The courses may be taken for academic or continuing legal education credit by students and professionals. The Institute schedule is flexible and includes day and evening courses. Participants can enroll for the full week or register for just one or any number of courses, in whatever combination is preferred.

When and Where is the Institute?

The 2015 Health Law & Policy Summer Institute will run from June 22-June 27, 2015 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

The 2015 Institute courses are:

Click here for a description of 2015 course offerings.

Lunch and Learn

The Health Law and Policy Summer Institute is thrilled to announce a Lunch and Learn with Mr. John Boese to be held on June 23, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 pm. Mr. Boese is a featured guest lecturer for the Health Law Fraud and Abuse course and is a nationally recognized expert on the civil False Claims Act. All Health Law and Policy Summer Institute participants are invited to join this special Lunch and Learn program.

Course Pre-Requisites:

There are no pre-requisites for any of the courses, however, WCL students who have already taken a full-semester Fraud and Abuse course may not receive academic credit for the Summer Institute Health Care Fraud and Abuse course. Non-WCL law students should work with their own law schools to determine whether academic credit will be awarded for this coursework.

Credit/Exams:

Students may earn up to four credits in the Summer Institute, as none of the courses overlap. To earn each academic credit, a student must attend all of the specified hours of classroom time for each course. Mandatory attendance during classroom time will be enforced. Students who enroll and fail to attend any portion of classroom time may be denied the opportunity to take the exam. Students will be administered take home exams (due within 3 weeks of the last day of the course) to earn grades in their coursework.

Individuals may register for any of the four courses for continuing legal education credit, and the Institute will assist with the filing requirements and paperwork.

Registration and Tuition

Registration is on a rolling basis, but space is limited. Courses have enrollment maximums, so please register now!

Professionals not seeking academic credit can REGISTER HERE.

Visiting students seeking academic credit can USE THIS FORM TO APPLY through our Registrar's Office.

WCL students should apply through the Registrar's Office.

Click here for tuition information.

Program Changes and Withdrawals

Course offerings may be cancelled at the discretion of Washington College of Law due to low enrollment or other considerations.

Applicants who have registered or paid a deposit will be informed promptly of any changes in the Summer Institutes course offerings and, in the unlikely event of a course cancellation, will receive a full refund for the course (excluding the application fee of $65, which is non-refundable).

For all other situations, applicants who have registered or paid a deposit should notify Professor Scielzo immediately in case of withdrawal or request for refund at scielzo@american.edu, and comply with the following:

For Academic Credit:
Students who have registered to receive academic credit must also contact the Office of the Registrar for information about withdrawal forms and deadlines. You can contact the Office of the Registrar at:

Office of the Registrar
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 304
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: 202-274-4080
Fax: 202-274-4085

For Certificate of Attendance:
Refund is only available if you withdraw before the start of classes. Cancellations after that time will not be refunded, however, course materials will be provided. Substitutions will be considered.

Requests for refunds should be directed to:

Summer Institute on Law and Government
American University Washington College of Law
Attn: Professor Steve Wermiel
4801 Massachusetts Ave, Rm. 357
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: 202-274-4263
Fax: 202-730-4709

Contact Us

For more information or to receive updates about the 2015 Institute, please contact Health Law & Policy Fellow, Asha Scielzo at scielzo@american.edu or email lawandgov@wcl.american.edu.