A recent U.S. News & World Report article highlights the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s health law certificate program and the unique strengths that place Pitt Law ahead of the curve in preparing J.D. candidates for the healthcare legal market. The Affordable Care Act’s recent implementation has created new regulatory and compliance paradigms, and companies and law firms are scrambling for well-prepared J.D. graduates to navigate the new legal territory.
“One of the nicknames for the Affordable Care Act is the ‘Lawyers Full Employment Act’,” says Pitt Law Professor of Bioethics Alan Meisel in the U.S. News & World Report article. “There's just so many possibilities for legal issues to arise.”
Few law schools offer concentrations in health law, but Pitt Law is one that offers a health law certificate, which is directed by Professor Meisel and was ranked 13th in the nation by the 2014 U.S. News & World Report. “Some schools offer one or two health law courses, while others offer more than half a dozen,” the U.S. News & World Report article states. “Students should go for the latter option, experts say.”
Pitt Law offers 18 courses, seminars and practicums covering varied aspects of health law that can be applied toward the health law certificate.
On top of the array of courses available to Pitt Law students, U.S. News & World Report also highlighted Pitt Law’s strengths in offering interdisciplinary and experiential learning. “One of the components of a successful certificate program is that there be some kind of experiential learning, which might involve either a clinic or a practicum or an externship,” says Meisel in the article. One of Pitt Law’s health law courses includes a newly debuted two-semester practicum that immerses students in public health insurance scenarios via APPRISE, the school’s free health insurance counseling service offered to older Pennsylvanians.
Pitt Law also offers J.D. candidates the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a Master of Public Health degree (a Pitt program ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report). In addition, the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Bioethics and Health Law, prestigious School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Public Health offer paramount resources for law students regarding bioethics and healthcare scholarship. The high-caliber interdisciplinary and practicum options available to Pitt Law students means the school can produce J.D. graduates who have a unique breadth and prescient acumen in the rapidly growing health law field straight out of law school.
Read the U.S. News & World Report article here. Learn more about Pitt Law’s Health Law Certificate Program here.