DU Law Offers Tailored Health Law Course

Denver attorney teaches; incorporates current health care issues

For second-year law student Jane Rugg, finding legal courses focused specifically on her chosen path of health care law can be a challenge. Traditional law courses are rarely custom-made to fit individual interests and are often broken up into several different classes that fail to give an overview of specific legal topics. But when the University of Denver Sturm College of Law teamed up with a Denver law firm to start teaching a health care law-focused course, Rugg was surprised.

Rugg, who has been working with a company that specializes in senior housing, became interested in the health law questions that seem to continuously pop up, which is what influenced her to take the health care course.

“(My company) is expanding like crazy right now but they also are running into some interesting health law questions that I didn’t know anything about,” she said, adding that she was delighted that her school offered the course.

“I was really surprised that this was the first time that DU offered (a health law) class,” she said. “I think more and more people are interested and more and more firms have health care sections and are devoted to health care issues, so I definitely think it’s something other schools can benefit from as well.”

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