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Health Law & Policy Clinic and Courses

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School. Our expert faculty and clinical team lead and teach several Harvard Law School seminars and an associated clinic, providing students with comprehensive learning opportunities in health law, public health, and related policy advocacy.

Health Law and Policy Clinic

Semesters Offered: Spring and Fall

Clinical Credits: 3, 4, or 5

Students enrolled in the Health Law and Policy Clinic will work on cutting-edge legislative, regulatory, and litigation projects at the state and national levels aimed at increasing access to quality, comprehensive health care for low-income individuals and families. Student projects involve: informing current debate on health reform efforts; providing law and policy analysis to national and state coalitions advocating to protect Medicaid, Medicare, and discretionary health and public health programs; investigating best practices for initiatives to address health disparities and reduce barriers to health care for our most vulnerable populations; and litigating to address unfair and discriminatory public and private health insurance practices.

Over the course of a semester, students gain a wealth of hands-on experience in current and emerging health law and policy issues, and develop written products such as fact sheets, in-depth reports, comment letters, testimony, presentations, draft legislation, regulatory guidance, and litigation-oriented document production. Students have the opportunity to develop a range of problem-solving, policy analysis, research and writing, oral communication, advocacy, and leadership skills.

Courses

Public Health Law and Policy Seminar

Taught by Professor Robert Greenwald and Lecturer on Law Amy Rosenberg

Semesters Offered: Fall and Spring

Course Credits: 2

The Public Health Law and Policy Seminar provides an overview of the historical law and policy decisions that have shaped the U.S. health care system and are informing current debates about health reform. Incorporating varying perspectives, the seminar discusses federal and state policy options to address current health and public health challenges. Over the course of a semester, students gain a wealth of hands-on experience in current and emerging health law and policy issues, produce a written policy paper, and develop a range of problem-solving, policy analysis, research and writing, oral communication, advocacy, and leadership skills.

Health Care Rights in the Twenty-First Century Seminar

Taught by Lecturer on Law Kevin Costello

Semester Offered: Fall

Course Credits: 2

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the central importance of rights within our health care system, raising questions of resource allocation, access to care, and equity. Underlying our response to the new health landscape is the fundamental question whether Americans enjoy a basic entitlement to health care. This course briefly traces the history of the American conception of health care rights through the last half-century of administrative and political cycles. We contrast a diverse array of ideological perspectives over this progression to understand the context of the current climate.

Policy Advocacy Workshop

Taught by Professor Robert Greenwald and Professor Emily Broad Leib

Semester Offered: Spring

Course Credits: 2

The Policy Advocacy Workshop is a hands-on seminar that will explore the methods, tools, and skills used to conduct legislative and regulatory advocacy. Many law students are interested in using their legal education as a pathway to engage in policymaking. This course provides students with a range of active opportunities to learn about, discuss, and practice written and oral policy advocacy via simulations and assignments.

Accessibility

Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. Students requesting accessibility resources or accommodations in any of HLS’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs may work with Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office. If you are a student with a documented disability and you are requesting accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services to discuss and register for accommodations.

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