Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Children's Health Law and Policy Initiative

Children and adolescents face a range of health related issues that have legal and policy implications. These include obesity, toxic exposure, fetal alcohol syndrome, autism, and trauma. Loyola offers interested students a range of opportunities in health law. This includes curricular offerings such as children’s health and policy, mental health law, disability law and special education law as well as the robust curriculum offered through the Law School’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and Health Justice Institute. Students also have an opportunity to work on child and adolescent health-related legislation and policy development through the Civitas ChildLaw Center’s Policy Institute and Clinic. In the last several years, for example, Professor Anita Weinberg and her students and colleagues have played an important leadership role in the effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Illinois. Interested students may also receive hands-on experience through externship and internship placements in sites such as Access Living, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Lurie Children’s Hospital.