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Area of Concentration


The law pertaining to Healthcare has become a high demand practice area in recent years. The recent passage and implementation of comprehensive Healthcare reform will continue to expand the needs for expertise in this complex field by hospitals, physicians, employers, insurers, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, academic medical centers, and law firms. In San Diego alone, there are four major hospital systems, a number of medium to large law firms with health law practices, a flourishing biotech and pharmaceutical sector, and many law firms and lawyers whose clients have provider and medical device liability issues.

In order to meet the needs of this sector, California Western School of Law offers a variety of health law courses that are available to all Juris Doctor and Masters in Health Law & Policy candidates, as well as a number of clinical internships available to J.D. students with health law practitioners and Healthcare organizations.

Health Law Pathways to Practice and Area of Concentration

Our Health Law curriculum contains "pathways to practice" in three distinct areas of health law. Please contact Joanna Sax,, if you are interested in completing a "pathway to practice".

Pathway A: Representing Healthcare Organizations

  • Health Law & Policy (SWO)
  • Representing Healthcare Organizations
  • Practicing Healthcare Compliance
  • Healthcare Transactions
  • Administrative Law or Business Organizations
  • Internship

Pathway B: Regulatory/Pharmaceutical/Life Science

  • Health Law & Policy (SWO)
  • FDA Law
  • Patent Law
  • Licensing
  • Law, Science & Medicine
  • Internship

Pathway C: Medical Malpractice

  • Health Law & Policy (SWO)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Risk Management
  • Trial Practice
  • Internship

Each pathway was designed through the collaborative effort of faculty and practitioners. All courses offered subject to instructor availability, minimum enrollment requirements, and other factors. Please contact Professor Joanna Sax,, for individualized counseling and course selection.