Study health law in a collaborative environment

Educating future leaders, encouraging new initiatives, and partnering to move health care and science law into the future.

Our students are exposed to a rich and rigorous curriculum, which provides them with the substantive knowledge and practical skills necessary to become excellent lawyers in fields related to health and science. The health care challenges facing our world are increasingly becoming more complex. Our curriculum is always evolving to remain on the cutting edge. The distinguished members of our faculty help students explore how law both contributes to and impedes meaningful progress toward healthy communities.

A strong intellectual and service community, the Center extends its reach beyond the classroom, with externships at leading public and non-profit organizations in the New York metropolitan area. These are organizations whose missions include health care delivery, access to care, public health or broader public policy concerns. Through health law externships, students gain real-world experience, address difficult challenges in law and policy, and make meaningful contributions.

The Center is also an interdisciplinary venue where new ideas, policies and programs are generated. Each year, it hosts a variety of programs that examine the complex ethical, legal and socio-economic consequences of advancing technology. With the enthusiastic support of a broad constituency of scholars and professionals, our programs inform the public and encourage scholarship and research to improve the quality of health care services and the integrity of science.

Leadership & Faculty

Professor Karen Porter is Executive Director of the Center. The distinguished members of our faculty help students explore how law both contributes to and, at times, impedes meaningful progress toward healthy communities.


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.

Health Law & Policy Fellowship

The Health Law and Policy Fellowship is designed for Law School students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and/or professional achievement in health, public health, science, and/or biotechnology, and who are interested in pursuing legal careers in those fields.

Health Externships

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.

Selected Scholarship

Scholarly books and articles on critical topics in health law by Brooklyn Law School faculty.

Contact Us

Have questions about the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy?

Karen Porter
Executive Director
(718) 780-7559