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Area of Concentration


The law pertaining to health care has become a high demand practice area in recent years.  The recent passage and implementation of comprehensive health care 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 health care organizations. 



In order to help students develop an expertise in a particular area of health law, California Western has developed three distinct pathways to completing the Health Law & Policy Area of Concentration.  These pathways were developed by the law school faculty with assistance and expertise of local health law practitioners.   Each requires the students to complete the following: five specified courses, a scholarly writing project on a health law topic, a clinical internship in a health care environment, and 50 hours of pro-bono work in the health care arena.


Pathway IRepresenting Healthcare Organizations

  • Health Law & Policy (SWO)
  • Representing Health Care Organizations
  • Practicing Health Care Compliance
  • Health Care Contracting and Transactions
  • Business Organizations or Administrative Law
Pathway II:  Medical Malpractice
  • Health Law & Policy (SWO)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability/Risk Management
  • Trial Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Pathway III: Regulatory/Pharmaceutical/Life Science
  • Health Law & Policy (SWO)
  • FDA Law
  • Patent Law
  • Licensing
  • Law, Science & Medicine



For further questions, scheduling assistance, or to apply for completion of the Health Law Area of Concentration, please contact Professor Susan Channick at or 619-525-7081.