Courses in Law and Health Sciences at UC Hastings

UC Hastings' Course Catalog has the most recent information on when courses will be offered, as well as a complete list of courses and course descriptions.


Law and Health Sciences Courses at UC Hastings for Spring 2017:


LAW 317 - 4 units
Mon & Wed - 9:40am-10:40am
Instructor: Prof. Jaime King

This course will focus on the financing and regulation of the American health care industry, the cost of health care, barriers to access to health care, and bioethics. It will address issues related to private health insurance (including federal and state regulation of employer-provided health insurance), public health insurance (including Medicare, Medicaid, other government financed health programs), the structure of the health care industry, the impact of the Affordable Care Act and health reform, new business forms employed by health care enterprises, tax exempt status of health care enterprises, antitrust, fraud and abuse, the legal obligation to provide care, hospital privileging, and ethical questions related to health care, which may include abortion and contraception, assisted reproduction, death and dying, and distributive justice and health care rationing Note: Students who take more than one module of Health Law II online (including Introduction to Bioethics, Overview of the U.S. Healthcare System, Private Healthcare Regulation and Finance, and Public Healthcare Regulation and Finance) will not be eligible to take Health Law II in class. Students who take only one module of Health Law II online may enroll in Health Law II in class. In order to receive the full 4 credits for Health Law II, they must complete an extra project to obtain the additional credit. Students in this situation must speak with the professor at the beginning of the semester to arrange for this additional project. Students who do not contact the professor about obtaining an extra unit project by the end of the add/drop period will not receive full credit for the class.

LAW 620 - 1 unit
Wed - 1:10pm - 3:20pm
Instructor: Prof. Sarah Hooper & Prof. Anna Zaret

The advancement of health care and health science depends in large part upon robust and ongoing research that can evaluate effectiveness of a wide array of interventions designed to promote health. This research necessarily involves human or animal subjects, which raises a host of questions about how to protect both the integrity of research methods and the safety and well-being of study subjects. The public and private institutions which engage in such research are subject to a complex body of federal and state laws that attempt to grapple with questions of consent, privacy, use of technology, and the increasingly blurred line between clinical care and research, among other issues. This course will offer students an intensive look at research compliance and ethics from the perspective of a large health sciences research institution. The course will be co-taught with UCSF counsel and compliance officers in order to provide a blend of legal theory and practice-based perspectives. No medical or scientific background is needed for this course.

LAW 673 - 2 units
Tues - 9:40am - 11:50am
Instructor: Prof. Naomi Roht-Arriaza

In this course we will approach the production, distribution, consumption and regulation of food from a social justice perspective. The "food justice" movement seeks to infuse concerns about social equity, sustainable environmental practices, and economic justice into the governance of food systems. We will examine some of the many substantive debates and controversies in which food justice advocates have participated. We will look at the connection between the global management of food-related issues and their local manifestations in California. This very new and still evolving movement is also an interesting case study in the relationship between law and social change, and in how a single issue cuts across local, regional, national and global lines. Food justice issues also span sub-areas of law from environment to labor to human rights to intellectual property to land tenure to international law, and are inherently interdisciplinary. We will look at such issues as global trade in foodstuffs, farmworker health and safety, use of chemicals, sugar and obesity, food deserts, food aid, seed patents and seed sharing, "food security" and "food sovereignty," and other topical issues. We will then turn to alternatives and critiques.

LAW 377 - 3 credits
Tues & Thurs - 10:50am - 11:50am
Instructor: Prof. Marsha Cohen & Prof. Matthew Avery

Many estimate that the federal Food and Drug Administration regulates about a quarter of all consumer expenditures in the United States. Its jurisdiction under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act includes food, drugs, medical devices, biologics, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. This course will introduce students to the regulatory powers of this agency, which are exerted through licensure as well as the adoption and enforcement of regulations, and to the complex statute under which it operates. It will cover the problem of definitions of the regulated products, the premarket approval system for drugs, labeling requirements and allowable claims for foods and dietary supplements, the regulation of the products of biotechnology, and the relationship between this federal regulatory regime and state tort law, among other topics.

LAW 570 - 4 units
Mon & Weds - 1:10pm - 3:20pm
Instructor: Prof. Lisa Faigman

Science intersects with the law in ever-increasing ways, leaving few areas of law practice or policy in which science and/or statistical concepts do not appear in some form. Becoming more sophisticated consumers and users of science is a necessity for many if not most legal career paths. This course provides students with a solid grounding in research methods and basic statistics. Among the topics covered are those related to the social sciences, the natural sciences, forensic identification "sciences," and lie detection techniques. Students need not have any college-level mathematics or science background. Students who have taken Scientific Methods for Lawyers are not eligible for this class. The class satisfies the Scientific Methods requirement for the Law and Health Sciences Concentration.

LAW 935/936 - 6 units
Tues & Thurs - 9:40am - 11:50am
Instructor: Prof. Yvonne Troya

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LAW 515 - 3 units
Thurs - 1:10pm - 4:30pm
Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Dunn

This course will take a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to public health law, exploring how countries provide and regulate health care. The course will begin by examining how health care systems are organized and how they are financed, comparing health care systems from other countries in order to better evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our own system. The course will cover the “right to health” as it exists in international law, national constitutions, and domestic legislation – as well as the barriers to implementing and enforcing this right. The course will then look at the development of international and national laws governing informed consent, protections for health information, and research on human subjects. Finally, we will explore the rights of the individual and the interests of society, and what happens when individual rights conflict with public health goals. Topics may include: informed consent, research ethics and regulation, medical negligence, access to medical records, immunizations, maternal health, HIV/AIDs, SARS, tobacco and alcohol regulation, assisted suicide and euthanasia, assisted reproduction, and abortion. Students from different concentrations, disciplines and perspectives are encouraged to enroll. An interest in the topic is the only prerequisite to the course.

LAW 206 - 2 units
Tues - 2:20pm - 4:30pm
Instructor: Prof. Matthew Coles

This course will examine some of the rapidly expanding legal issues involving sexual orientation and gender identity. Substantive issues to be covered include the decriminalization of sodomy; the recognition of lesbian and gay relationships, including marriage, civil union and domestic partnerships; employment discrimination and sexual harassment; immigration; gender identity issues; and the establishment and limitation of rights of expression and association. This course will use sexuality and gender theory, case law, and legislation to examine the law's evolving treatment of these fundamentally diverse and fluid communities.

LAW 444 - 2 units
Tues - 2:20pm - 4:30pm
Instructor: Prof. Dorit Reiss

This course introduces students to issues in public health law using the lens of vaccines. It provides an introduction to the constitutional framework setting the powers of states to regulate public health, including the police powers and freedom of religion. It introduces the regulation of certain medical products by the FDA. It addresses the tension between federal and state law, the role of social movements in creating and influencing the legal network, and ways to reform it. It also teaches the students basic information about the vaccines currently on our childhood and adult schedules, their benefits and risks, and how the legal framework interacts with preventing disease. In addition to teaching a body of substantive knowledge, the course will provide interested students the opportunity to work on a reallife legal project by soliciting such projects from nonprofit and public immunization organizations. Working on a project requires taking an additional one-unit non-GPA course.

LAW 992/993 - 5 units
Tues - 2:20pm - 4:30pm, Fieldwork days TBD
Instructor: Prof. Robin Feldman

A program of the Institute for Innovation Law, the Startup Legal Garage gives students the opportunity to participate in providing legal services for earlystage startup companies. The students are supervised by leading law firms throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In the Startup Legal Garage, UC Hastings students work directly with clients providing them with first tier corporate and intellectual property legal services.

BioTech Module: Students work on intellectual property matters, predominantly, “Freedom to Operate” research issues. This program works with companies from the QB3 Startup In a Box program. QB3 is an entity of the state of California founded to encourage startups out of the labs of UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz.

LAW 854 - 2 units
Mon - 4:40pm - 6:50pm
Instructor: Prof. Laura Chiera

This course is a collaborative endeavor between UC Hastings and UCSF that aims to bring together law students and medical students in order to examine and discuss the intersection of medical and legal issues as they effect the homeless population. The goals of the course are for students (1) to understand the history and current state of homelessness in the United States and in San Francisco; (2) to understand the interplay between legal and medical issues as they affect the homeless population; and (3) to understand the legal and social structure that those who seek to empower and advocate on behalf of the homeless population operate within. Topics will include an overview of the causes of homelessness, current public policies addressing homelessness, homeless access to healthcare, the role of substance abuse and mental illness amongst the marginally housed, and the healthcare concerns of specific needs homeless populations.