Professor Caley with Health Legislation & Advocacy Students

Practical Skills

Law students receive course credit for a variety of hands-on legal experiences that blend knowledge, skills, and values:

Making Laws
Health Legislation and Advocacy is a year-long course that examines how proposed legislation on health-related issues gets enacted into law in Georgia. Students work with not-for-profit community partners to analyze and draft proposed health-related legislation and track its progress through the annual session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Study Abroad
Through the College of Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, law and public health graduate students can spend the summer term in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Through a comparative lens, students examine international issues in health and safety, human rights, the environment, social equality, urban growth and policy, and constitutional law. Students learn from a multi-disciplinary international faculty in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world known for its beaches, football, tropical forests and Carnival.

Persuasive Writing
Many health law courses offer the opportunity for students to write in-depth papers on cutting-edge issues for academic credit. These papers may also satisfy the law school’s writing requirement that each student successfully complete one substantial legal writing project. Students gain valuable research, analytical, and writing skills through the guidance of their professors. The law school also offers students the opportunity to propose an independent study on a topic chosen by the student and approved and overseen by a faculty member.

Members of the Student Health Law Association learn appellate skills competing in the national Health Law Moot Court competition sponsored each fall by Southern Illinois University School of Law. Student teams write a persuasive brief on a hypothetical appellate court case, and then engage in oral argument before a moot court panel of judges. Students practice and enhance their written and oral advocacy skills while gaining expertise on a current health law topic.