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JD Concentration in Health Equity, Law & Policy

The JD Concentration in Health Equity, Law & Policy prepares tomorrow's health law and policy advocates to creatively solve complex public health issues and effect equitable, sustainable health in our communities. In keeping with the vision, mission, and values of the Health Equity, Law & Policy Program (HELPP), this JD concentration emphasizes the intersection of health equity, law, and policy and other disciplines as a critical nexus for creating just health for society.

View the HELPP Mission, Vision and Values.

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Degree candidates who intend to pursue the JD Concentration in Health Equity, Law & Policy should provide written notice to the Associate Dean for Law & Health Sciences. Students generally should make this declaration upon completion of 30 credits and obtain the Associate Dean’s approval for their chosen approach to including an equity focus within their studies.

Although later declarations are permitted, students who do not give notice until their 3L1 semester may not have time to complete the concentration.

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JD students may earn only one concentration. Degree candidates pursuing the JD Concentration in Health Equity, Law & Policy must complete a minimum of 16 credits, including 11 required credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in coursework taken to fulfill the concentration.

Concentration candidates are also highly encouraged to take Lawyering Skills IV: Drafting – Health Law (LAW 434, 2 Credits) and a health law-related externship or clinic.

Students are expected to include an equity focus within their studies beyond these core courses, e.g., in a clinic or externship, the Independent Study project or other writing project, an equity-oriented elective, or other approach.

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Required Courses

One of the following courses:

Courses in addition to those listed above may be approved by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Law & Health Sciences to satisfy the interdisciplinary selective course requirement. Enrollment in courses offered by colleges other than the Law School may require notice to or approval by the appropriate college and the instructor of record, and may be subject to enrollment limits on law students.

*Topic, placement, or course must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Law & Health Sciences.

Elective Courses

†Concentration candidates who take this experiential learning component must take both the class and clinic/placement components.