​To earn a Certificate in Health Law, a student must complete the eighty-six semester hours required for the Juris Doctor and must satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective courses for the JD, a student must complete six (6) hours of required courses and nine (9) hours of elective courses from the health law courses. All courses are three (3) credits unless otherwise indicated. Certificate courses may not be audited.

An applicant must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.20 in the Certificate courses. If a student takes more than the 15 hours required for the Certificate, all of the health law courses will factor into the final GPA. A student must declare on the Certificate application form all of the health law courses taken, even if a grade is not yet known. A student may earn a maximum of one Certificate while enrolled in law school. 

Course Requirements

Liberal Arts and Sciences Certificate Electives

Select 3 from the list below:

Elective Courses

LAW 706

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.

LAW 727

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

LAW 206

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.

LAW 250

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.

LAW 301

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.

LAW 323

CHILD PROTECTION: ABUSE & NEGLECT

(3 credits) This course deals with the legal processes for dealing with child abuse and neglect.

LAW 402

ANTITRUST

(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.

LAW 417

LABOR LAW

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.

LAW 429

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.

LAW 436

JOURNAL OF HEALTH CARE LAW EDITORIAL BOARD

If a student is selected to be an editor of the Journal, the student may enroll for two units of credit per semester up to a total of six units of credit. A student is expected to work for four semesters on the publication, but may enroll for credit in any three of the four semesters in which he or she works on the Journal. 2 credit hours per semester. Pass/fail only.

LAW 455

LEGAL DRAFTING

(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.

LAW 462

INSURANCE LAW

(3 hrs) Cross listed course for Public Services program. Provides a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of insurance law, including: a review of how the business of insurance has developed to meet contemporary business and consumer needs; the significance of insurance in modern business; and the importance of insurance and insurance law in the practice of law. Reviews the ways in which legislators, regulators and the courts have intervened in the operations of the insurance marketplace; the purposes of such interventions, and whether such purposes have been served.

LAW 472

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.

LAW 524

FIELD PLACEMENT

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.,

LAW 604

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.

LAW 702

ELDER LAW

(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.

LAW 713

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.

LAW 714

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.

LAW 718

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.

LAW 719

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.

LAW 721

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.

LAW 724

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.

LAW 728

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.

LAW 730

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.

LAW 731

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.

LAW 732

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.

LAW 734

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.

MPS 520

VALUES-CENTERED LEADERSHIP

This interdisciplinary course explores service leadership through the lenses of Robert K. Greenleaf, The de Paul Leadership Project, Margaret J. Wheatley and other theorists and practitioners within the leadership field. The course expands our thinking on leadership to include modules dedicated to four topics: Service Leadership, Leadership and Diversity, International Leadership and Ethical Leadership. Students will assess their own leadership practices, develop a leadership action plan and participate in coaching, as coach and client. Student grading will be based on participation in self-reflection, course participation, project teams and a final project.

MPS 524

MARKETING FOR SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Explores the objectives, strategies, techniques and constraints of government and non-profit services. 4 quarter hours.

MPS 534

MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY

Overview of social systems of health care in the United States, including the health-seeking behavior of patients, relationships among health care providers and organizational settings in which services are delivered. Cross-listed with SOC 431.

MPS 537

HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Overview of the structure of the U.S. health systems followed by a selective international comparison of other health delivery systems including their relationships to social policies and economic factors. 4 quarter hours. Cross-listed with SOC 437.