Health care is one of the largest, most diversified, and most highly regulated industries in the United States. A component industry, pharmaceuticals, is the most profitable industry in the world. Government health care benefits are carefully restricted and fiercely sought by those in need. The world of human, healing relationships between doctor and patient is threatened by the profitability, technological power and sheer scale of health care services. Regulating the industry, assuring access to care for the sick, and maintaining quality are all concerns of law and regulation at federal and state levels.
Health care law is a composite of related fields in which lawyers are writing their own job descriptions by recognizing client needs. While no one specializes in all of health care law, every lawyer — in government, litigation, or business planning — must know the legal and regulatory environment in order to provide good counsel and advocacy.
Marquette University Law School provides a sound foundation in health care law and entry into specialized areas through a range of ten courses including Mental Health Systems, Managed Care, Health Care Policy, and Health Care Contracts.
Marquette's Elder's Advisor is a twice-yearly law review devoted to law and policy issues of later life, retirement, disability and financial planning. From 1999 to 2002, Marquette University Law School editors produced Elder's Advisor for distribution quarterly and nationwide by Aspen Publishers. Since 2003, the Elder's Advisor has been published solely by Marquette University Law School. The Law School maintains the journal's editorial policy: to bring cutting edge issues of elder law practice and policy to professionals who advocate for senior citizens.