Law-Medicine Curriculum

SJD Students

U.S. and foreign graduates may pursue a Doctor of Juridical Science in health law. The two-year program requires full-time attendance in residence for the first year. Our curriculum is highly interdisciplinary and considers issues from ethical, legal, social and public policy perspectives:

  • Bioethics & the Law
  • Civil Law & Psychiatry
  • Criminal Law & Psychiatry
  • Disability Law
  • FDA Law, FDA Law Seminar
  • Genetics and the Law
  • Health Care Regulation
  • Health Care Transactions
  • Health Law
  • Health Law Clinic I & II
  • Health Matrix; Health Matrix Notes Seminar
  • Hospital and Physician Organization Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Public Health Law & Ethics
  • Reproductive Rights Seminar
  • Research Ethics & Regulation
  • Scientific Evidence

Health Law Clinic

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Health Law Clinic, an offering of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center. The clinic operates like a law firm within the school, allowing students to apply skills they have developed in their course work to cases for real clients. Students in the Health Law Clinic have primary responsibility for their caseload, serving as first chair at all hearings, trials and negotiations. On any given day of the week in the clinic, you may find students conducting an examination of a medical expert in a social security disability claim, drafting an advanced health care directive for an ailing client, or seeking to obtain insurance coverage for a client from an HMO.

Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the outstanding resources of the university community by taking courses taught by the faculties of medicine, management and social sciences, and by professionals from Cleveland’s nationally ranked health care organizations:

  • Altruism in Bioethics (School of Med)
  • Anthropology of Health & Illness (Anthropology)
  • Anthropological Research Design (Anthropology)
  • Bioethics in Genomics & Stem Cell Research: Focus on Argentina (Sociology)
  • Business Ethics(Weatherhead School of Management)
  • Clinical Ethics Rotation (School of Med)
  • Clinical Ethics Theory & Practice (School of Med)
  • Communication & Aging(Communication Sciences)
  • Continental Perspectives on Bioethics: Belgium (School of Med)
  • Critical Issues in Research Ethics (School of Medicine)
  • Death and Dying (Anthropology)
  • Ethical Issues in Genetics/Genomics (School of Med)
  • Ethical, Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling (School of Med)
  • Ethics and Professionalism for Nonprofit Leaders (Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations)
  • Ethics, Law and Epidemiology (School of Med)
  • Foundations in Bioethcs (School of Med)
  • French Perspectives on Controversies at the Beginning & End of Life(School of Med)
  • Health Disparities (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
  • Health Finance (Weatherhead)
  • Health Policy and Management Decisions (Weatherhead)
  • Human Development I; Child & Adolescent (MSASS)
  • International Bioethics (School of Med)
  • International Bioethics-Spain (School of Med)
  • International Health Research Ethics (School of Med)
  • International Women's Health Issues: Focus on the Netherlands (Sociology)
  • Introduction to International Health (Anthropology)
  • Mental Health: Belgium/Netherlands (School of Med)
  • Philosophy of Law (Philosophy)
  • Physician Assisted Death in Belgium & the Netherlands (School of Med)
  • Public Health Ethics: Focus on the Netherlands (School of Med)
  • Public Health Management & Policy (School of Med)
  • Public Policy & Aging (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
  • Research Ethics Practicum (School of Med)
  • Seminar in Gerontological Studies (School of Med)
  • Social Policy (MSASS)
  • Special Topics in Bioethics (School of Med)
  • Theories of Oppression & Social Justice (MSASS)

The Health Law Concentration

Students who are prepared to devote substantial effort to the study of health law can receive recognition through our concentration program. This program provides coherence and guidance in course selection and encourages and recognizes academic achievement in health law. Students who make a commitment to the concentration take a core course (Business Associations, Evidence, or Administrative Law), Health Law, and at least nine credit hours from designated eligible courses in the health law curriculum. In order to assure that the health law concentration is a meaningful credential, students must maintain at least a B average in all courses defined by the concentration and earn at least a B+ on a supervised research project. Students receive Honors for a B+ or better average in all courses defined by the concentration.

LLM Students

Foreign lawyers pursuing a Master of Laws degree through the LLM program in U.S. and Global Legal Studies may also pursue a concentration certificate in health law.

Dual-Degree Programs

We offer several dual degree programs that allow full-time students to combine their legal education, leading to a JD degree, with other studies, leading to a second graduate degree in a health-related field. Applicants apply separately to both the law school and the second degree-granting school. Most dual degree programs are completed in four years.