The UC Hastings Law & Health Sciences concentration allows students to focus on the dynamic intersections of law, medicine, and science. The coursework for this concentration is wide-ranging and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of these important areas.
This concentration attracts students with a variety of backgrounds and interests. At one end of the spectrum, some students may bring with them experiences from prior careers or graduate degrees in health or science. At the other end of the spectrum, some have not yet worked or studied in the area, but have a keen interest in law and health sciences. MSL (Masters Studies in Law) students, who are often health and science professionals, also take classes alongside concentration students, adding another exciting interdisciplinary dimension to the classroom. The richness of the course offerings along with clinical and research opportunities provide something for everyone, regardless of specific interests or prior experiences.
The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law Science & Health Policy provides our students with extraordinary opportunities for further study and preparation. Through its strategic partnerships, the Consortium can link students to internships and externships related to law and health science in institutions such as the Kaiser Foundation, the Health, Education and Welfare Division of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Health & Human Services, to name a few.
Grant projects that are conducted collaboratively by UC Hastings and UCSF faculty give students the chance to serve as research assistants and perhaps even coauthors of published papers. Clinical opportunities include the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors, which trains and supervises students in the provision of legal services to low-income elderly UCSF patients, and offers students the opportunity to work together with health care professionals.
Statutes and policies relating to health care, new medical technologies, and scientific evidence are rapidly evolving, requiring lawyers who understand the nuances of the healthcare system and the science behind emerging technologies. Our focused and integrated course of study exposes you to the insight and tools you need to be a leader in an area of the law that is as exciting as it is expansive.