« on: February 04, 2008, 07:20:00 PM »
I will be attending law school next fall, and at this point I am very interested in health law. Instead of merely focusing on school rankings when choosing my law school, I also want to take into account the comparative strengths of health law programs. It's been very difficult for me to compare the health programs of t14 schools, however. I have a few questions related to this.
1. Can anyone explain why the t14 schools rank poorly in health law according to USNWR? According to the USNWR rankings, not a single t14 school placed in the top 10 health law programs. In clinical training, 5 did. In IP, 4 did. In international law, 8 did. In short, only the health law top 10 list lacked t14 schools. This vexes me.
2. Is health law considered a division of corporate law?
3. Has health law been established as a recognized division of law in the legal world, such as tax law, or is it still struggling to gain acceptance as such?
4. Are any of the t14 schools noted in alternate rankings for their excellent health law clinics, course offerings, faculty, etc.? I realize this is a difficult question to answer and shifts much of the burden to others, but I am hoping to at least generate some leads.
I have heard that Columbia is planning to begin a pilot health law program in 2008 (or that it was begun in 2007). This is somewhat troubling, though. I'd rather join a school that has an established health law program; the thought of stumbling through a nascent program is not pleasant. What do others think?