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Hofstra Law Named a Top School for Health Law by preLaw Magazine

Photo of two Hofstra Law students talking with a medical student in the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

PreLaw magazine has awarded Hofstra Law an “A” rating for its Health Law offerings. The ratings are announced in preLaw’s Back to School 2017 issue in the article “Top Schools for Criminal Law, Human Rights and Health Law.”

Hofstra Law is one of only 16 law schools that received an “A” or an “A+” rating for Health Law. PreLaw bases the ratings on the breadth and depth of a law school’s offerings, including courses, concentrations, clinics, internships/externships, centers and dual degree programs, among others.

The article highlights one of Hofstra Law’s newest Health Law initiatives, a searchable legal map of nationwide advance care planning laws in each state, from each law’s inception to the present. The comprehensive tool was built by teams of Hofstra Law students — Health Law and Policy Fellows — under the direction of Professor Janet Dolgin, the director of the Hofstra Law’s Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, and Melissa Kessler, the associate director, and the immediate supervision of Christopher Czerwonka ’13, a senior fellow at the Gitenstein Institute.

Hofstra Law’s offerings in Health Law also include:

More than 15 courses, such as Bioethics and the Law; Law of Medical Product Discovery, Development and Commercialization; Public Health Law, Policy, and Ethics; and Law and Medicine Together, which brings law students to a local hospital where they join teams of medical students on clinical rounds

Concentration in Health Law

Advanced Research Fellowship in Health Law

Externships with organizations such as Catholic Health Services and New York State’s Mental Hygiene Legal Service

J.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) joint degree program with Hofstra University’s School of Health Professions and Human Services

Clinical Bioethics Certificate program, which blends academic coursework with a clinical skills component that allows participants to learn — and be assessed in — clinical competencies in preparation for real-life consultations in medical settings

Online M.A. in Health Law and Policy and LL.M. in Health Law and Policy programs

Conversations: Health and Treatments (CHAT), a partnership between the Gitenstein Institute, Northwell Health and communities in the New York metropolitan area, which empowers people with information about advance care planning, allowing for more open communication with their families and clinicians about patient-centered medical decision-making

Mission Critical, a veterans outreach and engagement campaign developed by the Gitenstein Institute to serve the local veteran community by delivering coordinated and accessible educational, clinical, legal and social resources in a centralized location on the Hofstra University campus

Veterans Law Clinic, in which Hofstra Law students assist local veterans in obtaining the disability and health care benefits to which they are entitled

Hofstra University Bioethics Center, a collaboration of Hofstra’s law and medical schools

PreLaw magazine is a National Jurist publication.

Read the full article “Top Schools for Criminal Law, Human Rights and Health Law” in preLaw’s online Back to School 2017 issue.