Health Law and Policy Courses

594 – Bioethics
Students will act as a court or administrative agency and write opinions addressing emerging legal issues created by society’s advancement in medicine and technology, including genetics, medical experimentation and research, reproductive rights and end of life decisions.

657 – Biotechnology Law and Policy
Biotechnology is a major growth industry and both large and boutique law firms are establishing biotech or “life sciences” practice groups. This course surveys a range of legal topics in this field, such as: FDA regulation of drugs and devices, regulation of medical research, products liability, insurance coverage of pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, and genetics. Offered on a periodic basis.

604 – Elder Law Clinic
In this clinic, operating since 1991, students work under the supervision of an experienced attorney. They handle legal problems for elderly clients, conduct interviews, draft pleadings and wills, and appear in court and in administrative proceedings. Students make community presentations on laws affecting older adults. A weekly classroom session includes topics such as estate planning for the small estate, Medicare/Medicaid, interviewing skills, and areas of law affecting older adults. A geriatrician, on the medical school faculty, teaches about the common medical issues of older clients, after which students are able to participate in a multidisciplinary clinic at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

437 – Food Law and Policy
This course explores food safety regulations and food access/food justice issues. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course analyzes issues of sustainability, organic and fair trade labeling law, seed and gene patenting, and international food aid. The course is cross-listed in the Divinity School and in the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society.

438 – Food Law and Policy: Practicum
See course description for 437 for the doctrinal content. 438 offers an optional 3d hour, with a mix of online course modules, writing, and offsite field experience.

663 – Health and Medical Research for Lawyers
This course will introduce you to specific sources and strategies for researching a variety of health and medical topics, including Medicare and Medicaid regulations, medical malpractice health insurance procedures, and other current health related legislation.

525 – Health Care Law and Policy
This course introduces students to the structure, financing and regulation of the health care system and proposals for its reform. Legal topics include Medicare, medical staff disputes, health care antitrust, HMOs and insurance regulation.

677 – Health Related Research: Law, Regulation, and Policy
The course explores the regulatory framework and the policy issues that animate health-related research. Topics include public health and quality improvement research, genetic research, health-related behavioral and social science research, first-in-human trials, and international considerations.

430 – Law and Aging
The course covers the legal issues affecting the elderly, such as powers of attorney and advance medical directives; ethical issues; guardianship laws and federal programs; medical perspectives on mental capacity; housing issues of older adults; Medicaid coverage of long term care and Medicare basics; long term care insurance; nursing home law; planning for the small estate; and civil and criminal remedies for elder abuse and neglect. Students who take this course will not be eligible for the Elder Law Clinic in the fall of 2013.

431 – Law and Aging: Practicum
By permission of the instructor, a limited number of students may enroll for a 1-hour practicum to work with clients on issues related to the course, such as guardianship matters and benefits issues.

524 – Law and Medicine
An exploration of several legal aspects of the practice of medicine including medical malpractice, informed consent, hospital liability, and the right to die.

449 – Vaccination and the Law
In 1986, Congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which created a special federal program through which individuals who believe they have been injured by a vaccine can sue the federal government to receive compensation. By 2012, the Court of Federal Claims, which administers this unique program, had awarded nearly $2.5 billion in damages to victims of vaccine-related injuries. By examining the intersection of law, science, medicine, and bioethics, this weekly seminar explores virtually every aspect of the Vaccine Act and Vaccine Program from learning how vaccines work in the human body to understanding how to prove that a vaccine has caused an injury. Students will be asked to produce a lengthy final paper. The course, which is offered in alternate years, is open to law students and students earning a graduate degree in Bioethics.