Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment
Yale Law School's Law and Health Initiative brings together students and faculty with practitioners and policy makers at the intersection of law, policy, and health. Its goal is to serve as a focal point for student interests and the many health-related activities, projects, and resources at the Law School and the University.
The wide range of health-related programming at Yale Law School reflects the many important ways in which law and policy affect individual and public health, the health care industry, and health governance, both in the United States and abroad. YLS students have the ability to take a wide range of course offerings in health law and bioethics; myriad opportunities to meet with the many academics and policymakers who visit Yale from Washington D.C. and elsewhere to discuss current issues; the ability to work on the ground with clients on health-related matters in several experiential learning and clinical opportunities; and the ability to undertake independent study to further particular interests—all of which make them active participants in the development of this new and exceedingly important legal field. YLS’s long tradition of creating academic, policy, and government leaders makes the Law School an incredibly exciting place to study health law. The Law School's Global Health and Justice Partnership, a joint program with the Yale School of Public Health, is a critical component of this initiative.
Health is also a highly interdisciplinary field, and the Law School encourages students to take advantage of all the University has to offer, including cross-registering for classes, pursuing joint degrees, and getting involved with health-related organizations and projects in different Yale schools and departments. From collaborations with Yale’s domestic policy school to work with the schools of Public Health and Medicine, Yale Law School students and faculty help to harness the power of law and policy in the service of improving health in the United States and around the world.
Law & Health News
October 20, 2014
A conference marking the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid will take place at Yale Law School on November 6 and 7.
October 3, 2014
Gregg Gonsalves is a Research Scholar in Law and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is also the co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, and a leading HIV/AIDS activist.
September 18, 2014
The Yale Law School Animal Legal Defense and the Connecticut Bar Association Animal Law Section will hold a conference on September 27 on Agricultural Gag Laws.
September 11, 2014
Amanda Kowalski, health economist at Yale School of Management, has her work on the impact of the Affordable Care Act profiled in the Washington Post.
August 27, 2014
Dr. Joseph J. Fins has joined the Health Law Program at Yale Law School as Senior Research Scholar and the Dwight H. Terry Visiting Scholar in Bioethics at Yale University and Visiting Professor of the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. While at Yale Dr. Fins will be giving lectures at YLS on clinical ethics and brain injuries, as well as participating in the YLS Innovation Reading Group.
February 10, 2014
The second annual Yale Global Health Case Competition will take place on Saturday, February 15 from 9 - 4 pm. at the Yale School of Public Health.
January 15, 2014
The first ever Yale Health Law and Policy Society Conference will take place on February 8, 2014 at Yale Law School. The conference will examine the implementation of the new Health Insurance Exchange Law.