The nation’s capital offers an incomparable setting in which to study health law, one of the fastest-growing legal practice areas. GW’s Health Law Initiative is designed to enable students to take maximum advantage of this unique location. Key survey courses and seminars emphasize the crucial role the law plays in the design and operation of the U.S. health care and public health systems. Through the study of health law at GW, students learn about the complex structure of the federal regulatory process, the relationship between federal and state health system regulation, and the relationship between federal regulation and industry stakeholders. Special attention is paid to the effect of these vast and complex legal interactions on the health of consumers, patients, and the general population. Students also benefit from the extraordinary externship and job placement opportunities available in Washington, DC, ready access to experts both at GW and in the broader community and leading-edge research opportunities in health law and policy.