• Health Law Certificate

    Tailor the Health Law Certificate to meet your career goals

    Health law encompasses health policy, transactional and corporate work, compliance and regulation, and health care litigation, among others. That’s why Hamline’s Health Law Certificate can be tailored to meet your specific health law specialty while providing you with a firm foundation gained through health law and non-health law courses, an experiential learning component, and extra-curricular activities particularly relevant to your anticipated area of practice.


    Core courses: 11 credits (8 credits for pre-Fall 2012 students)

    Elective courses (at least 6 credits) Qualifying course areas:

    • Health policy

    • Corporate/Transactional

    • Compliance/Regulation

    • Litigation

    See course descriptions

    Experiential Learning, the cornerstone of the Health Law Certificate.

    This may include:

    • Participating in the Medical-Legal Partnership: Health Law Clinic, helping low-income clients address legal issues affecting their health.

    • Taking a Health Law Externship or an internship agreed upon by your advisor, in which you can learn health law and lawyering skills in an actual legal setting. The externship includes both a field placement with a health law mentor for at least 114 hours, and a classroom component.

    • Volunteering and working in an approved health law setting

    Extra-Curricular Activities:

    At least 6 extra-curricular activities or events are required, which will introduce you to critical and timely health law issues and provide networking opportunities with the health care and legal communities. These activities may include lectures, conferences, symposia, CLEs, or breakfast/lunch meetings. You will work with an HLI faculty advisor to structure your certificate plan.

    The Certificate Planning Tool is a helpful resource.

    Courses are taught by Hamline Law faculty and industry professionals in multiple areas, allowing you to explore health law from a variety of perspectives or focus on a specific area of interest.

    Guiding and Tracking Your Progress

    Your certificate advisor meets with you at least twice during your pursuit of the General Health Law certificate: upon admission and upon completion. The advisor guides you to appropriate electives, experiential learning opportunities, and extra-curricular activities best suited to your future career path. You are contacted for your initial appointment upon admittance to the program. Throughout the program, you use the Biannual Progress Report to record fulfilled certificate requirements. Your completed Requirements Checklist is submitted at your exit interview. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (calculated at the time of graduation) in core and elective courses is required to receive your certificate.


    Standard Hamline JD tuition rates apply to the Health Law Certificate courses.

    Apply early in your law school tenure.

    Apply now

    Questions? Check out the Certificate Handbook or contact Kari McMartin (kmcmartin02@hamline.edu).