Students

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Academic Year Opportunities:

The Center for Health Law and Innovation faculty and staff lead and teach the following Harvard Law School seminars and associated clinics:

Seminars:

Food Law and Policy (Fall and Spring)

Public Health Law and Policy (Fall and Spring)

Clinics:

Food Law and Policy Clinic (Fall, Winter and Spring)

Health Law and Policy Clinic (Fall, Winter and Spring)

Students enrolled in the Food Law and Policy Clinic work to inform cutting-edge policy recommendations at the state and national levels in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. Students have, for example, assisted food policy councils in passing legislation supporting local food systems, educated farmers market vendors about the tax rules or food safety requirements they must meet, and recommended state administrative changes that improve access to food assistance programs for those in need. Clinic projects educate law students about using law and policy in creative ways to impact the food system, and students have the opportunity to hone a number of skills, such as researching and writing legal and policy documents, reports, and training materials; conducting statutory interpretation; drafting legislation and regulations; performing interviews and fact-finding with clients, stakeholders, and governmental agencies; and presenting workshops and trainings. Students enrolled in the Clinic must also enroll in the Food Law and Policy Seminar.

Students enrolled in the Health Law and Policy Clinic will develop cutting-edge policy recommendations at the state and national levels in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. Student projects involve informing both national and state level implementation of the Affordable Care Act through regulatory comments and analysis, providing law and policy analysis to national and state coalitions advocating to protect the Medicaid program, and investigating best practices for initiatives to increase access to treatment and service programs serving vulnerable populations.  Students enrolled in the Clinic must also enroll in the Public Health Law and Policy Seminar.

 

Summer Opportunities:

The Center for Health Law and Innovation also works with students during the summer in the Summer Interns Program. The summer positions focus heavily on policy analysis, and involve writing technical and non-technical legislative and regulatory summaries as well as providing technical assistance to states and community-based organizations regarding healthcare reform, Medicaid programming, and new strategies to increase access to care for underserved populations. Summer intern applications are welcome from law school students from around the county.