A LLM in Health Law student must complete 24 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 in order to earn the degree. A summer terms is counted as a semester for this purpose. If a student does not meet the degree GPA requirement of 2.50, the student may still earn a Certificate in Health Law if the student completes 18 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00.
Courses must be selected from the LLM in Health Law courses listed below. LLM students also may enroll in up to three designated courses in the Public Service Management Graduate Program. The LLM program may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis but must be completed within four years.
LLM students may not receive credit for law courses complete prior to admission to the program. The American Bar Association mandates that no credit may be given for health law courses taken before a student is accepted into the LLM program. Credits earned as part of a JD program do not count toward the LLM.
Choose one from the list below:
Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives
These courses are on the quarter system. Each course equates to 1.5 law school credit.
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR
(3 hrs) Required for JD. The student must write an in-depth paper of Law Review quality on a topic of the professor's choosing.
(3 hrs) Students who have earned at least a 3.00 g.p.a. after completion of at least 40 credits may undertake independent study under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The student must produce an indepth research paper of publishable quality not substantially covered by a currently offered course. Fulfills the Seminar requirements. Instructor's permission required.
(3 hrs) Not open to Juris Doctor cnadidates or Health Law certificate students. This is a research paper of publishable quality dealing with a current subject in health law. Students are expected to refine their subject into a topic which can be managed under the supervision of a faculty member.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND THE LAW
3 credit hours. An examination of the legal issues raised by sexual orientation. Beginning with prosecution of sodomy and legal discrimination, including exclusion from military service, and anti-civil rights initiatives. The struggle for gay lesbian rights will be examined in the context of employment, schools, and domestic relations.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LAW
(1 hr) This course is a "mini-course" which is taught either one hour a day for two weeks each year or once a week for 5 weeks. The topic changes.
CHILD PROTECTION: ABUSE & NEGLECT
(3 credits) This course deals with the legal processes for dealing with child abuse and neglect.
(3 hrs) Studies the basic federal antitrust statutes which proscribe monopolization, conspiracies to restrain trade, and mergers that unduly tend to concentrate markets. This course also entails a working knowledge of American economic history, familiarity with simple rules of applied microeconomics, and a grasp of strategic commercial behavior.
This course addresses the common law and federal statutes applicable to private sector labor-management relations with an emphasis on organizational matters and negotiations. The course contains the following aspects: statutory interpretation, policy concerns, appropriate practical strategies for both labor and management, social issues and values, ethical issues, advocacy skills, administrative law, critical analysis of decisions, remedies and the relationship of federal labor law to other laws.
LEGAL CLINIC I
(3-6 hrs) Students work in one of the clinic modules under the supervision of a clinical attorney concentrating on real life problems with real clients and organizations. Instructor's permission required.
PUBLIC HEALTH LAW
An examination of past and present aspects of the law concerning the health of the public by identifying the various government entities involved and reviewing specific areas of public health policy law, common law and regulation. Examines the federal basis for public health regulation, the state and local government basis for regulation, the constitutional and statutory limitations, and current problems which require legal responses. 3 credit hours.
(3 hrs) Legal drafting courses on various topics give students an opportunity to hone their research and writing skills on an advanced legal. Students may take one course per semester. All courses are limited enrollment.
MENTAL HEALTH LAW
(3 hrs) Cross listed course for Public Services program. Examines significant issues in law and psychiatry and involves indepth research and writing. Subjects include regulation of mental health professionals, malpractice, informed consent, confidentiality, incompetency, guardianship, commitment and mental health issues related to criminal law.
WOMEN AND THE LAW
(3 hrs) This course will focus on the intersection of law and gender, identifying and analyzing the gender norms reflected in our legal system. The course will focus on how U.S. laws reflect and embody societal attitudes toward gender.
2 or 3 credit hours. This program is designed to give upper level students practical experience in an externship with a public agency, non-profit organization, member of the judiciary, or for-profit organization, such as a private law firm or in-house counsel for a corporation. Upper level students, who have at least 28 credit hours and a GPA of 2.0, may apply to participate. Participants are accepted on a case by case basis. Externships are unpaid. No student can receive more than 3 credit hours per semester and no more than 9 credit hours toward their JD degree if 3 of those credits are earned during a summer placement. Otherwise, students are limited to 6 credits hours total. A placement for 3 credit hours is expected to complete 180 hours of work whereas 120 hours of work is expected for a 2 credit hour placement.,
TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS
(3 hrs) Covers qualification as section 501(c) charitable organizations, rules governing conduct of commercial and political activities of charities, unrelated business income and private foundations.
(3 hrs) Cross listed course for Public Services program. Deals with the new speciality of elder law. Considering today's demographics, many attorneys will require a knowledge of the unique problems of the aging population. Through statutes, cases and research, students will understand the lawyer's role in counseling the elderly, assess the legal needs of an elderly client and provide counsel as to the available options.
HEALTH POLICY AND THE LAW
(3 hrs) Cross listed course for MBA Health Care Management and Public Services programs. Designed to introduce students to a broad variety of policy issues affecting health care, and briefly touches on economics, sociology, antitrust, tort law, administrative law and important questions of national health policy.
LEGAL ISSUES OF AIDS
3 credit hours. Cross listed course for Public Services program. Examines a number of significant legal and policy issues raised by the human immunodeficiency virus and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Includes issues such as discrimination, access to health care services, payment of medical costs, tort and criminal liability for transmission, and end of like concerns.
HEALTH CARE PRIVACY LAW
This course will cover the health care privacy laws as they exist and the Federal Government will be implementing and enforcing HIPAA regulations beginning in October 2002. This area of the law is cutting-edge and affects every aspect of the health care industry and of legal practice in health law and other areas.
BIOETHICS & THE LAW
This course is a survey class, examining issues ranging from drug regulation, clinical trials, assisted reproductive technology, telemedicine, and stem cell development/regulation to the commercialization of the human body. 3 credit hours.
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
(3 hrs) Discusses managed care and other health insurance mechanisms as a means for payment or financing of health care services. An effort will be made to determine the extent to which these developments in this area are an adequate response to the demand for health care reform. Particular attention will be given to legislative responses to managed care in the areas of protection of insureds, limits on treatment or payment, and restrictions on physicians.
HEALTH CARE: FRAUD AND ABUSE
This course will afford the opportunity to study the now-fundamental compliance issues in health care law: anti-kickback/fraud and abuse statues and regulations. The focus will address certain regulations of substantive law as the Federal Government continues to promulgate regulation for the health care industry and as those regulations become more complex, and many regulations stem from similar sources.
GENETICS AND THE LAW
(3 hrs) Explores new medical and genetic techniques and the legal and ethical controversies they have engendered such as the fetus as a source of cells and tissues for transplantation, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy and surgery, managing severely afffected newborns, genetic biotechnology, genetic screening in the workplace.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SURVEY
(3 hrs) Cross listed course for Public Service program. A survey of medical malpractice law and medical negligence. Emphasis on medical malpractice in Illinois. Topics discussed include evolution of medical malpractice, theories and causes of action, including but not limited to parties, negligence, battery, informed consent, respondeat superior, apparent agency, res ipsa loquitur, hospital corporate negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, proximate cause and statute of limitations.
HEALTH CARE LAW REGULATIONS
An overview of the common law, statutory and regulatory law impacting the health care industry. Among subjects covered are: corporate organizations, tax exemption, medicare, antitrust, medicare fraud and abuse, physician recruitment, integrated delivery systems, corporate compliance and HIPAA. 3 credit hours
FOOD AND DRUG LAW
(3 hrs) Cross listed course for Public Services program. Deals with the development of regulations of food, drug, biologics and blood products, medical devices and cosmetics. Emphasis will be placed on Federal Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement, with some attention to state statutes. FDA practices and procedures are examined in detail. Special attention is given to regulations of human drugs and medical devices.
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN CRIMINAL LAW
(3 hrs) Cross listed course for Public Services program. Deals with how mental disability affects the legal rights and liabilities of persons in the criminal justice system. Among the issues considered are the insanity defense, alternative criminal accountability concepts, fitness to stand trial, and various provisions for the treatment of sex offenders and prisoners.
ASSISTED REPRODUCTION & THE LAW
(3 cr.) This course will explore the legal and ethical issues involved in assisted reproduction. Technological developments in reproduction have raised a host of legal and ethical concerns such as funding for stem cell research, payment to gamete donors, custody or ownership of frozen embryos and human cloning. This course will explore the full range of issues including parentage, reprogenetics, privacy, informed consent, and access to treatment.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY
(3 hrs) Overview of the major dispute resolution processes, the hybrid processes and criticisms of the process, and reviews interviewing and counseling, negotiation, mediation, adjudication, mini-trials, and substantive areas of dispute resolution, as well as ethical issues and professional liability.
HEALTH CARE CONTRACTS
(3 hrs) Cross listed course for MBA Health Care Management and Public Services program. Covers a variety of contractual issues related to health care: employment agreements, staff privileges, fraud and abuse provisions of the Medicare Act, breach of contract resulting from treatment, disputes over fees, waiver of liability, the use of independent contractors, and the validity of contracts for exclusive services and preferential fee structures for insurers.
MARKETING FOR SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Explores the objectives, strategies, techniques and constraints of government and non-profit services. 4 quarter hours.
URBAN POVERTY SEMINAR
This course explores causes of urban poverty both in the US and abroad. It compares and contrasts policies addressing basic human needs. It includes discussion of global cities and international poverty reduction programs.