Center for Health Law & Policy

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To enroll in the certificate program, students must participate in an entrance interview with the Director of the Center. To schedule interviews, please contact Diane Adams at; 216-687-2312

For more information on The Center for Health Law and Policy contact Browne C. Lewis, Director of the Center, at 216-687-2352


CLE Program: More Than a Tummy-Ache

Event videos:

2/18/2015: "Contagion" and Public Health Laws

9/23/2011 Cyberbullying Symposium

3/9/2011 Health Care Compliance



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

Few cities can compare to Cleveland’s thriving healthcare industry, which boasts one of the largest concentrations of medical institutions and leaders in the nation. The medical focus of the region makes it an attractive destination for medical and legal professionals and a hub of leading-edge research and scholarship.

The Center for Health Law and Policy at C|M|LAW offers two certificates in Health Law.

Students earn a General Certificate in Health Law or a Certficate in Health Care Compliance in addition to their JD.  Students may take graduate level law and health related courses in other disciplines throughout Cleveland State University.

In addition to students currently enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, practicing attorneys and health professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers and health care administrators, are eligible to receive the Health Care Compliance Certificate.  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 the 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 MLS degree (substitute Certificate Program).
  • A personal interview with the program director is also required

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The city offers rich experiential learning opportunities through externships at renowned medical institutions: The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, and Medical Mutual.

Student Organizations

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-Marshall College of Law. The Society pursues this goal by bringing academics and practitioners to C|M|Law to discuss these issues with students, either through panel discussions, symposia, or more informal events.

Mentoring Program

Each student in the program is matched to a mentor, a professional working in the area of health law.

Focused and Relevant

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.