Earn your law degree in being part of the cure

Health law has become an increasingly complicated, diverse domain. From the ever-evolving tangle of regulations to the complexity of Medicare and Medicaid systems, the healthcare industry can never have too many sharp legal minds. Health law calls for special skills in administrative law, corporate law, bioethics, family law, internet and technology law, and tort law, in addition to other more traditional legal areas.

At Hofstra Law, we train our students to become first-rate legal representatives to all of the healthcare system’s stakeholders.



– preLaw Magazine

Courses and Programs

Hofstra Law offers a robust set of both broad and specialized health law courses:


  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Business and Law of Marijuana
  • Business Transactions in Healthcare
  • Clinical Bioethics I&II
  • Elder Law
  • Health Law
  • Housing and Health
  • Law and Medicine: Cooperative Professionalism
  • Law and Psychiatry
  • Law, Health, and Technology
  • Law of Medical Product Discovery, Development, and Commercialization
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Practicum
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Primer
  • Medicare and Medicaid Law
  • Public Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • Representing Healthcare Providers
  • Special Education Law
  • Veterans Law Clinic

Each course may not be offered every semester.


Faculty and Staff

Professor Janet Dolgin speaking with two students.

Nancy Burner ’95, Special Professor of Law and Founding Manager and Partner, Nancy Burner & Associates, P.C.

Janet L. Dolgin, Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law and Director, Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy; Co-Director, Hofstra University Bioethics Center; Professor of Science Education, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Kerlann Flowers, Housing Attorney, Hofstra Law Medical-Legal Partnership, and Senior Fellow, Gitenstein Institute for Health and Law Policy

Alan L. Jakimo, Special Professor of Law and Partner (Ret.), Sidley Austin LLP

Steven Sachs, Esq. ‘05, Special Professor of Law

Vern R. Walker, Professor Emeritus of Law and Director, Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology

Joel Weintraub ’00Special Professor of Law


The U.S. Department of Labor highlights health care as the sector with the largest projected number of job openings due to growth and replacement. As the sector continues to grow, lawyers with specialized training who focus on health law and policy will be needed to facilitate and implement laws. These lawyers will also be responsible for crafting policy and initiatives that will advance our nation’s healthcare system to ensure that adequate health care is available to everyone.


Class of 2017 Job Rankings. 5th Among New York State Law Schools. 42nd Nationally for Full-Time Long-Term Bar Passage Required Jobs, Source: Law School Transparency (LST)

Select Alumni in Health Law

Leslie Margolin ’80, President and CEO, The Margolin Group; Former President, Anthem Blue Cross (California); Former COO, Kaiser Hospitals and Health Plans (nationally); Former President, CIGNA HealthCare of California, and Assistant General Counsel, CIGNA Corporation

Tracey Merritt ’89, General Counsel, Mather Hospital

Stephanie Restifo Navi ’07, Associate General Counsel, Hospital for Special Surgery

JoAnna Nicholson ’08, Associate General Counsel, North American Partners in Anesthesia

Internships and Externships

Hofstra JD/MPH student and Gitenstein Institute Fellow Jeannie Krebs talks about her internship at Northwell Health on Long Island. Read her full profile on Instagram.


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Hofstra Law students have interned and externed at these selected health-related organizations:

  • Catholic Health Services of Long Island
  • HIV Law Project
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Nassau County Department of Social Services
  • Nemours Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy
  • New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct
  • New York State Mental Hygiene Legal Service
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
  • New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment
  • Northwell Health
  • Office of the Cook County (Illinois) Public Guardian
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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