Health Law

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.



Concentration in Health Law

Degree Offerings


News & Events

Faculty in the News

"‘Climate Homicide’: Could Big Oil be Sued for Disaster Deaths?"

Donald Braman was quoted by E&E News Climatewire about whether oil producers be held criminally responsible for climate-related deaths from deceiving the public

"Trump Believes Arrest Is Imminent, Demands MAGA Protests to ‘Take Our Nation Back’"

Jonathan Turley was quoted by the Daily Beast about the impact of Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric about his potential indictment by the Manhattan DA.

"George Conway Says This Is Trump's Best Defense If He's Indicted"

Jonathan Turley was quoted by Newsweek criticizing the Manhattan District Attorney’s expected indictment of Donald Trump for falsifying financial records.

"Bragg Brings a Criminal Case Back From Dead, But May Have Reanimated Trump’s Chances"

Jonathan Turley wrote for the New York Post about the potential indictment of Donald Trump for falsifying financial records by the Manhattan District Attorney.

"Legal Expert Pours Cold Water on NY DA's Rumored Plan to Indict Trump as He Explains Why Prosecution Would Likely Fail"

Jonathan Turley was quoted by the Daily Mail on Trump’s reaction to the news that he may be indicted and on the flaws in the case brought by the Manhattan DA.

Upcoming Events

The Health Law Initiative holds several events throughout the semester. Please check back for new events.

There are currently no events available.


Past Events

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Health, Equity, and Law after Dobbs

Saturday, 2/25/2023, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Please join GW Law for a presentation on “Health, Equity, and Law after Dobbs.”

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Kahan Health Law Initiative Distinguished Speaker Series

Tuesday, 1/24/2023, 6:30pm - 7:50pm

Please join GW Law's Health Law program as they welcome Distinguished Speaker, Imani Barbarin.

Health, Equity, and Law after Dobbs

Wednesday, 12/21/2022, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Please join GW Law in partnership with several other schools as they present “Health, Equity, and Law after Dobbs.”