Health Law

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Students interested in health law receive solid training in foundational legal areas relevant to the practice of health law, including administrative law, corporations, taxation, and evidence. In addition, GW Law offers a number of courses specific to health law such as Health Care Law, Law and Medicine, Food and Drug Law, Genetics and the Law, Law and Psychiatry, and Elder Law.

Students also may explore more specialized health law seminars such as Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Medical Devices, Fraud and Abuse, Affordable Care Act, Antitrust and Health Law, Reproductive Rights, and Reproductive Technologies.

News Stories

Jonathan Kahan

Alumnus Establishes Health Law Initiative at GW Law

A gift from health law attorney Jonathan S. Kahan, BA '70, JD '73, creates the Health Law Initiative, building on GW Law's strengths in the fast-growing field of health care law. Professor Sonia Suter, the Kahan Family Research Professor of Law, serves as the project's Founding Director.
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Suter Talks Future of In-Vitro Gametogenesis

Professor Suter spoke to leapsmag about new medical technology that would allow same-sex couples and single individuals to have children. "It would allow people to reproduce together who were not able to previously."
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Cahn Speaks About Issues Facing Future of Fertility Industry

On August 7, 2019, reproductive law expert and Professor Naomi R. Cahn provided legal insight for a lawsuit brought by an Ohio family against a fertility clinic.

Faculty In the News

"DOL Leadership Wants Faster Decisions From In-House Judges"

October 16, 2020

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is quoted by Bloomberg Law about how DOL will require administrative judges to report on time taken to reach decisions.

"5 Questions From Tuesday's Cert Grant on PTO Judge Appointments"

October 13, 2020

Dmitry Karshtedt is quoted in The National Law Journal on what happens next after SCOTUS granted cert in USPTO appointments clause cases.

"People Harmed by Coronavirus Vaccines Will Have Little Recourse"

October 11, 2020
Renée Gentry is quoted in The Wall Street Journal about how payouts for vaccine-related injuries will be less generous than in the past.

"Glaxo/Teva Ruling Could Spell Trouble for Generic Drug Makers"

October 05, 2020

Dmitry Karshtedt is quoted by Bloomberg Law about how a Federal Circuit decision could lead to changes for the generic drug industry.

Student Profile



GW Law has two health law clinics in conjunction with GW’s Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics.

Health Rights Law Clinic

Student attorneys in the Health Rights Law Clinic advocate for people who are at risk of losing eligibility for public health programs, have experienced denials of coverage for necessary care, or struggle to pay high medical bills.

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Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic

In the Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic, students represent individuals who have suffered serious vaccine-related injuries, presenting their cases at trial and in appellate proceedings before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

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Health Law Groups

Health Law Faculty Committee

GW Law has an active health law committee, which includes a sizable group of faculty members from the law school and from GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.


Student Health Law Association

The Student Health Law Association was established to increase student interest in the growing field of health law. It informs students about local seminars on health law and sponsors programs that introduce students to attorneys practicing in diverse areas of the field.