Health Law Practice Clinic


Health Law is a growing and diverse area of law. Graduates with training in health law have the opportunity to engage in a broad range of legal work, such as trial and appellate litigation, transactional work, regulatory compliance, policy analysis or legislative advocacy.

Health Law Practice Clinic Highlights

The Health Law Practice Clinic will provide students opportunities to:
  • Interning with a legal organization or government agency that focuses on a substantive area of health law or a particular population's health care needs (such as civil rights violations for failure to provide adequate health care, immigrants' access to health care, discrimination in health care, access to health services by poor or low income populations, government entities that are attempting to provide health access in this changing environment, placements that focus on health care reform, Medicaid and Medicare rights, access to insurance, reproductive rights, pregnancy related issues and disability).
  • Student interns have the opportunity to focus on particular lawyering skills, such as trial or hearing practice, legal drafting and writing, legislative or administrative advocacy, client interviewing and counseling, individual or group representation, advocacy or legal policy focused work or advising an institutional client (such as a hospital).
  • All student interns are provided with an opportunity to write a practice-related document in their internship and receive feedback from their placement supervisor and faculty.
  • Interviewing and counseling a client about advance health care directives and drafting a health care proxy and living will for that client.
  • Researching and drafting an interoffice memo and complaint in a case involving the denial of quality health care to a low-income client.
  • Analyzing provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act and proposed changes and advising an institutional client on provisions relevant to their area of practice.
  • Assisting individuals with health insurance disputes.
  • Representing individuals denied Medicare or Medicaid services or SSI disability at hearings.
  • Working on a class action litigation regarding denial of health care.
  • Preparing a legal policy analysis for administrative or legislative advocacy to expand health care access.

Health Law Practice Clinic - Fall 2018

The Health Law Practice Clinic will be offered in the 2018 fall academic semester. Because of the current rapidly changing law in this area, the 2018 focus of the course and the course placements will be on Health Care Access and Health Care Reform. Placements in the past have involved work with the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, Reproductive Rights, Disability Rights, Health Care Access for Non-Citizens, Medical Malpractice and a number of Public Health issues. (Students with questions about the particular focus of placements should have a pre-application conversation with faculty.)

Classroom Component


The Health Law and Policy Seminar examines how the Constitution, statutes and the common law determine access to health care, and regulates the quality of patient care.

The Health Law and Policy Seminar coverage may include:

  • The federal Affordable Care Act and its replacement, modifications, Medicaid, and Medicare
  • State and local health care programs and eligibility.
  • The issues confronting various populations in health issues, including the poor, those of moderate means, women, pregnant women, LBGT, racial and ethnic minorities and the disabled.
  • Patients' rights and bioethical issues, including informed consent, physician-assisted suicide, reproductive rights, and the rationing of high-cost procedures.
  • Federal and state regulation of private health insurance.
  • Professional licensing and diversification of the health professions.

The lawyering seminar component will focus on various lawyering skills through presentations. Student interns will be required to be actively involved in the seminar particularly with regard to the aspects of lawyering in which they are involved in their field placements. This will require student interns to engage in the practice of preparing and giving presentations that teach their colleagues about the lawyering skills in which they are engaged.



Student interns will also be required to attend and actively participate in a weekly rounds session. These sessions will involve student interns sharing particular aspects of their fieldwork including lawyering issues that may arise. During weekly rounds meetings, student interns discuss the work they are doing in their placements. These discussions provide an opportunity for student interns to collaborate and generate alternative approaches to particular legal problems and consider related ethical and professional responsibility issues. Student interns are also required to keep a weekly log of their work in their placements.


Externship Placements

Student interns select from an array of placements that concentrate on a range of lawyering skills, such as court or administrative practice, legal research and writing, client interviewing and counseling, class action litigation, motion practice, document drafting, appellate advocacy, and public policy and administrative and legislative advocacy. Placements include:

•  Legal organizations that represent individuals to uphold health care rights and/or bring impact litigation related to health care issues or engage in legal policy based administrative or legislative advocacy.

• Government agencies that regulate health care institutions and providers or promote government provision of health care services.

•  Hospital in-house counsel offices.

•  Some disability discrimination focused placements.

Externship placements will be scheduled for three days a week for a ten-week time period during the semester. (Those days are generally Monday, Wednesday and Thursday or Friday, but time modifications can be made with externship supervisor and faculty approval as long as the total weekly time is covered.) During those ten weeks the seminar session and rounds will meet on one day a week, usually Tuesday.

During the first and last weeks of the semester the seminar will meet additional days. In the first weeks of the semester the seminar will focus on preparation for externships. During the last part of the semester the students will give individual presentations that reflect the work that they did in their externship.


Practice Clinic Graduates

Health law is a growing area of practice. Graduates of the Health Law Practice Clinic are currently working in government agencies that oversee the delivery of care, public-interest organizations that protect the health care rights of vulnerable populations (such as the poor, elderly, immigrants, disabled and people with HIV), private law firms with a health care focus, hospital general counsel offices and in judicial clerkships.

Law school graduates with training in health law have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings that emphasize trial and appellate litigation, transactional work, regulatory compliance, or policy and administrative and legislative advocacy.  


Clinic Faculty & Staff

Frequently Asked Questions for CUNY Students & Other New Yorkers Impacted by the Termination of DACA

This document is a FAQ resource for CUNY students and other New Yorkers impacted by the termination of DACA. Though we still work towards permanent status for those who have been impacted by this and other destabilizing immigration policies, we have received many questions from CUNY community members who are concerned about losing status and how to potentially navigate life without documents. With this resource we hope to address initial questions that CUNY community members may have about immigration status, work authorization, professional licensing, parental planning, law enforcement interactions, healthcare and more.

If you would like to see this document translated in other languages, please let us know. We will be posting it in Spanish on our website in the coming week. This document is the product of a collaboration between the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, Health Law Practice Clinic and The Planning with Parents Project at the CUNY School of Law. Do reach out to us if you have any further questions on this and/or related matters.


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