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Poverty, Health, and Law (LAWS 1927)

Course Info

This course provides a broad survey of the fundamental legal issues surrounding the delivery of health care in the United States. It is an introduction to the complex and wide-ranging field of health law. Topics include: health insurance; the regulation of medical professionals and institutions; the clinician-patient relationship; liability of health care professionals and institutions; discrimination in health care; and professional relationships in health care. Students will learn to identify and analyze major legal issues in health care contexts and to understand the interplay among cost, quality, and access to care.


Prof. Laura McNally

Prof. Laura E. McNally is the Associate Dean for Experiential Education and the Director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center. McNally has focused her practice and research in the areas of poverty law, disability rights, children’s rights, health law and interdisciplinary education. In her role as Director of the Health Law Clinic McNally established interdisciplinary collaborations with local hospitals, medical centers, and community organizations to provide legal representation and engage in systemic advocacy regarding legal issues that impact community health.


The syllabus for your course is available on Canvas.


** No Textbooks Required **

Study Aids

These study aids are available online.  Please click the hyperlinked title to view them. For instructions on how to use the specific platforms, including troubleshooting, please view Andy Dorchak's Study Aids Research Guide.


Computer-Aided Legal Instruction (CALI) requires an authorization code to use. If you do not have a CALI account, please contact Kieran Layton or the reference desk for assistance.

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Health Law lessons


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Quimbee Health Law materials

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