Tailor the Health Law Certificate to meet your career goals
Health law encompasses health policy, transactional and corporate work, compliance and regulation, and health care litigation, among others. That’s why Mitchell Hamline’s Health Law Certificate can be tailored to meet your specific health law specialty while providing you with a firm foundation gained through health law and non-health law courses, an experiential learning component, and extra-curricular activities particularly relevant to your anticipated area of practice.
Courses are taught by Mitchell Hamline faculty and industry professionals in multiple areas. This allows you to explore health law from a variety of perspectives or to focus on a specific area of interest. The Health Law Certificate is comprised of 10-12 credits. All of these credits count toward your J.D. degree. Many concurrently satisfy other J.D. requirements.
1. Doctrinal Courses (8-9 credits)
- Health Law: Quality of Care and Liability (3 credits)
- Health Law Organization and Finance (3 credits)
- Administrative Law (3 credits)
Drug and Device Law (2 credits)
2. Experiential Learning (at least 2 credits)
This may include:
- Participating in the Medical-Legal Partnership: Health Law Clinic, helping low-income clients address legal issues affecting their health
- Taking a Health Law Externship in which you can learn health law and lawyering skills in an actual legal setting. The externship includes both a field placement with a health law mentor for at least 135 hours, and a classroom component.
- Volunteering and working in an approved health law setting (with special approval)
- Completing a Health Law Residency, an intensive, high-credit fieldwork experience doing work that is similar to the experience of a lawyer representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks under appropriate supervision.
3. Advanced Research & Writing Project in Health Law
All students must complete an Advanced Research & Writing (ARW) paper as a requirement for graduation from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Students wishing to earn a Health Law Certificate must complete an ARW project on a health law subject.
4. Extra-Curricular Activities
In addition to the 10-12 credits, you must participate in, at least 6 extra-curricular activities or events are required. These will introduce you to critical and timely health law issues and provide networking opportunities with the health care and legal communities. These activities may include lectures, conferences, symposia, CLEs, or breakfast/lunch meetings. They may be provided by MHSL, MSBA, or other schools or associations.
Standard J.D. tuition rates apply to the Health Law Certificate courses.
Notice of Intent
Students are encouraged to apply early in their law school tenure. Declaring an intent to pursue a Health Law or Health Care Compliance Certificate creates no obligation to complete one. You will work with an HLI faculty advisor to structure your certificate plan.
Mitchell Hamline J.D. students have the unique opportunity to earn both the Health Law Certificate and the Health Care Compliance Certificate. The following information packet explains how to earn both in the most efficient way.Information Packet Notice of Intent Form
Biannual Progress Report
Health law students should complete this form every October and March.
Contact Megan.Bohlman @mitchellhamline.edu, Administrative Coordinator, Health Law Institute