Students interested in the Health Law Pathway begin by taking the required first year law curriculum. In the remaining years, students can take a combined course of study with upper level law courses, public health courses, a health-related externship, and a health-focused writing project.
First Year Courses
All students take the required core J.D. first year curriculum.
Second and Third Year Courses
Note that not all classes are offered every semester.
Accelerated Dual Degree J.D./M.P.H. Program
In addition, students may choose to apply to the Accelerated Dual Degree J.D./M.P.H. Program with the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. Students can complete both degrees in 4 years with summer study and will meet the requirements for each degree through the cross-counting of pre-approved courses. Students in the J.D./M.P.H. program can take courses within the M.P.H. program at the Muskie School of Public Service, such as American Health System, Social and Behavioral Health, Introduction to Epidemiological Research, and Environmental Health.
Many of our alumni have stimulating, satisfying careers in health care law, and this dual degree ensures that the Law School sustains the much-needed pipeline to the health law and policy profession.
Experiential and Other Learning Opportunities
- Mercy Hospital
- Intermed P.A.
- Maine Medical Association
- Consumers for Affordable Health Care
- Penobscot Community Health Program
- Create your own externship
Lunch and Learn Series (with the Maine Law Policy Group)
Past presentations included:
- Mayhew v. Burwell and the Affordable Care Act
Cliff Ruprecht, Esq. (counsel for the state in decision about Medicaid for adults)
- Health Law Challenges: Vaccinations, Disease Control, and Autonomy
Ken Albert, Chief Maine Centers for Disease Control
Chris Pezzullo, M.D., Chief Medical Office, Maine Centers for Disease Control
- Physician-Assisted Suicide: Policy and Law
Writing Competitions in Health Law:
Students also have multiple opportunities to enter writing competitions on the subject of health law.