Where It All Comes Together: Law & Health Sciences at UC Hastings
The Law & Health Sciences Concentration provides students with an opportunity to pursue a focused and integrated course of study on issues at the intersection of law, medicine and science. This Concentration gives students of all backgrounds (including non-scientific backgrounds) knowledge and skills to prepare for the growing number of careers related to health and healthcare, a market which represents 17% of U.S. GDP. As the debate over healthcare reform continues, as new medical technologies raise a host of legal and ethical challenges, and as scientific evidence becomes increasingly pervasive in our courtrooms and in policymaking, the need for lawyers trained to work on interdisciplinary issues is ever-growing. Concentrating in Law & Health Sciences at Hastings offers students a fundamental understanding of the U.S. health care system, a window into clinical care as well as scientific research, and skills for working with professionals in other fields.
The foundation for this understanding begins with three core courses, of which students must take at least two:
1) Health Care Providers, Patients, and the Law (formerly Health Law I), which focuses on issues of quality control, provider-patient relationships, and liability in the health care environment;
2) The U.S. Healthcare System & the Law (formerly Health Law II), which focuses on the financing and regulation of the American health care industry, the cost of health care, and barriers to access to health care; or
3) Science in Law, which examines the ways in which scientific research has been used by courts and legislatures and equips students to bring a sophisticated understanding of science and scientific research to their future work in law and health sciences.
The additional required course, the Law & Health Sciences Concentration Seminar, provides students with the opportunity to delve deeply into a cutting-edge law and health sciences issue and to work on research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, and editing skills. Students can then choose electives from a wide array of courses, clinics, and externships related to health and science. They can elect to take up to six units of coursework at UCSF or to earn course credit assisting a Consortium faculty member with research in this field on any of a wide range of research projects.
Students who are interested in the Concentration should meet with a Concentration Advisor early their second year. Students will be assisted in developing a curricular plan for their second and third years that fits with their learning and career goals, and which also ensures fit with bar courses.
How to Enroll
To enroll in the Concentration, you must complete a Concentrated Studies Application, have the Concentration Advisor sign the form, and file it with the Records Department in advance of your Fall 3L registration appointment.