Center for Health Law & Policy

CSU|LAW's Health Law program receieved an A+ rating in PreLaw Magazine's Fall 2021 issue.

Learn Law in a top medical community and vital legal center.

Cleveland State University College of Law students study in a region with a thriving health care industry that allows for valuable experiential learning experiences and prestigious employment opportunities at world-renowned health care organizations, including Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and MetroHealth System.


The Center for Health Law and Policy stands out because of its industry-aligned, practice-focused curriculum with courses designed and continually updated through ongoing dialogue with health care leaders throughout the region. Students learn the exact skills that employers need from four full-time faculty members and five adjunct professors who are practicing health law attorneys. 


Whether it is evaluating the legal needs of the patients at a local hospital, focusing on compliance for a major health insurance provider, fighting medical malpractice at a private firm or working for a government agency, CMLAW provides the education, experiences and network to achieve career success.


The city offers rich experiential learning opportunities through externships at renowned medical institutions and other healthcare related facilities.

Sample externships include:

  • University Hospitals Law Department
  • University Hospital Compliance Office
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Eliza Jennings Senior Care
  • Saber Health Care
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • Nueza Luz Resource Center


Each student in the program may request a mentor from our engaged network of practitioners.


The strong legal network of the area helped build our Health Law Advisory Council, made up of leading practitioners in private and public organizations. Their input keeps our program well-connected to the current climate and future of health law. 


The Journal of Law and Health

The Journal is a law review devoted to publishing timely and informative articles in the area of health and the law. Students who have completed their first year of law school and rank in the top twenty percent of their class are invited to join the journal. The Journal of Law and Health publishes two issues per year.

Health Law Society

Affiliated with the American Health Lawyer's Association, the Health Law Society aims to connect students to the broader legal world of health law, and is dedicated to raising the visibility of health law issues at Cleveland State University College of Law. The Society pursues this goal by bringing academics and practitioners to CSU|LAW to discuss these issues with students, either through panel discussions, symposia, or more informal events. This semester the Health Law Society hosted a Blood Drive and organized travels to the Annual Fundamentals of Health Law Conference in Chicago Illinois. A total of 19 students attended the conference. In addition to the events the Health Law Society has had an overwhelming rise in membership.

certificates in Health Law offered by the center:

For JD Students:


Students may take graduate level law and health related courses in other disciplines throughout Cleveland State University.

For Non-JD students:


For JD and Non-JD Students: 

Online Health Care Compliance Certificate:

Practicing attorneys and health professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers and health care administrators, are eligible to enroll in an online Health Care Compliance Certificate Program. On August 5, 2014 CSU College of Law received the University Program Accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board. In order to receive the Compliance Certificate, students must complete the 18 required credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

To apply to the Health Care Compliance Certificate Program, applicants from outside the law school must submit, along with a completed application:

  • An official transcript showing that the applicant has earned a Bachelor's degree, and also official transcripts of all other college, graduate, and professional studies, whether a degree was obtained or not
  • A current resume detailing work and professional experience
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • A personal essay describing how you expect to use the knowledge acquired in pursuing the Certificate Program
  • A personal interview with the program director is also required


For more information on The Center for Health Law and Policy, please contact:

Dr. Laura Hoffman

Co-Director, Center for Health Law and Policy




Professor Abby Moncrieff
Co-Director, Center for health Law and Policy



Kim Bixenstine

Health Law Leader-in-Residence
Chair, CMLAW Health Law National Advisory Council





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