For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

October 28, 2008

UW launches graduate degree in Health Law

The UW School of Law introduces a new graduate degree program in Health Law. The Health Law LL.M. (a masters of laws degree), which will be offered for the 2009-10 academic year, builds on the strengths of many departments and talent across the UW campus.

"Health law is a dynamic, growing area," said program director and UW law professor Patricia Kuzsler. "By harnessing the strengths of our internationally recognized schools of law, medicine, public health, and public policy, the UW is leading the way in this area of legal practice."

The law school's newest graduate degree program is built on the longstanding multidisciplinary cross-campus collaborations. Curriculum includes courses in medical, public health, and legal ethics; research law and policy; genomics and biotechnology; global health and justice; and specific areas of health law and policy (e.g. disability law, mental health, chronic illness).

The course completion requirement for the UW Health Law LL.M. is 36 quarter hours of course credit and full-time students can typically complete the course of study within one nine-month academic year.

The Health Law LL.M. is administered by the law school's Center for Law in Science and Global Health, which oversees the J.D. concentration track in Health Law and the Global Health and Justice Project.