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Law and Health

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 Law School's Global Health and Justice Partnership, a joint program with the Yale School of Public Health, is the centerpiece of this initiative. 

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.

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.