BLS - Intellectual Life: Health, Science and Public Policy

Center for Health, Science & Public Policy

The Science of a Legal Education

Brooklyn Law School’s cluster of health law courses provide a strong introduction to the field, with the opportunity for even more focused concentration for students interested in the field. From broad legal topics such as Administrative Law and Products Liability to more specialized courses like Mental Health Law, students come away with knowledge of the various legal aspects of health and science. Read more for the full list of core, elective, and clinical skills and seminar courses.

A Hands-on Experience
In the Health Law Externship program, students work in various public sector field placements that maintain a health law practice. They are supervised by an attorney at the placement site. The work may be advisory, transactional or policy-oriented, or may require direct client or constituent advocacy. 

Of her experience at the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation, Emily Greene ’11 said, “I was really engaged with the attorneys, and I learned a lot from them. I also felt prepared to speak with them as an equal.”

Jing Wan ’11 worked with Legal Health, a division of New York Legal Health Assistance Group and enjoyed direct client interaction. She said, “I learned a lot about how to communicate with laypeople in a legal context. You have to present an issue in legal terms while also explaining it to them in terms they can understand.”

Recent Health Law Externship Placements:

  • ACLU Reproductive Rights Project
  • Brooklyn Mental Health Court
  • Center for HIV Law and Policy
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Legal Services NYC
  • Medicare Rights Center
  • Mental Hygiene Legal Services
  • New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Office of Legal Affairs
  • New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Office of General Counsel
  • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Health
  • New York State Assembly Committee on Health
  • New York State Attorney General, Health Care Bureau
  • Public Health Solutions
  • State University of New York Downstate Medical Center,
  • Division of Humanities in Medicine
  • Vera Institute of Justice, Guardianship Project
  • Watch the recent Roundtable Discussion, "Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Leveraging Law to Facilitate Citizen Epidemiology." 

    Have questions? We have answers.

    Center for Health, Science and Public Policy
    Brooklyn Law School
    250 Joralemon Street
    Brooklyn, New York 

    Phone: (718) 780-7559
    Email: karen.porter@brooklaw.edu

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