Family Health Law and Policy Certificate Program
The Family Health Law & Policy Certificate Program offers JD students the opportunity to develop expertise at the intersection of health and family law and policy through an array of courses and experiential learning opportunities. The certificate packages courses in a way that informs the students, and the broader community (including potential employers), that the bundled courses relate to each other in an organic way.

Admission Requirement
Students must submit an application to the Registrar’s Office by no later than the drop/add period of their final semester. To be awarded a certificate in Family Health Law & Policy, a student must have an overall cumulative average of 2.8 and a 2.8 cumulative average in all concentration courses.

Required Courses
A minimum of twelve (12) credits is required for the certificate.
The requirements are purposely designed for maximum flexibility, allowing the student to tailor the certificate to his or her particular interests within this broad field. The requirements are set forth below:

Required Doctrinal Courses: 5-7 credits
[Foundations of Health Law (4 credits) or
Seminar: Public Health Law (2 credits)*]
Family Law (3 credits)

*Students may take both Foundations of Health Law and Seminar: Public Health Law, and apply the full six (6) credits to the twelve-credit certificate requirement. Family Law is required for all students seeking the certificate.Special note for students who matriculated before Fall, 2014: Students who began their legal education at Widener before August 2014 may choose to complete the Health Law certificate that was offered when they began their legal education. Because some of the course offerings have changed, any student in this position should contact Professor John Culhane ( to discuss the means by which they will complete the course work necessary to obtain the Health Law certificate. Such students may, in the alternative, pursue the certificate in Family Health Law & Policy.

Required Experiential Learning Component: 3-4 creditsAll students must commit at least one semester (3 credits minimum, but a maximum of 4 credits may be applied to the total number of credits required for the certificate) in an experiential learning environment.

The following courses satisfy the experiental learning requirement. Other placements may qualify, subject to pre-clearance by one of the Co-Directors (see below).

Medical-Legal Partnership
Delaware Civil Law Clinic
Veterans Clinic
Qualifying Externship in Family Law & Policy (examples: Office of Child Advocate, Office of the Attorney General (Family Unit, Office of the Public Defender – Juvenile Unit) or Qualifying Externship in a Health-Law-Related Placement

Elective Courses: at least 2 credits (courses not offered every semester; courses listed below have been offered at least once during the past two years)

Family, Child & State or Child Abuse & Neglect
Juvenile Justice
Domestic Violence Law
Immigration and Naturalization
Elder Law
Food and Drug Law
Seminar: Violence Against Women
Seminar: Bioethics
Seminar: Reproductive Rights
Seminar: Money, Intimacy & Law
Children’s Health Law
Toxic Torts
Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Science and the Law
Education Law
Poverty Law
Disability Law

Writing Requirement
Students must complete a scholarly research paper of at least twenty (20) pages on a subject related to Family Health Law and Policy, in one of the following:
  • Any Seminar course listed above with a paper requirement; or
  • Directed Research project with a FHLPI faculty member; or
  • Paper submitted in satisfaction of the requirements for membership on either the Widener Law Review, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, or the Journal of Law, Economics, and Race.
Contact Information
Co-Directors: Professors John G. Culhane, Dana Harrington ConnerAlicia Kelly
Phone: 302-477-2107 (Culhane), (302) 477-2161 (Harrington Conner), (302) 477-2185 (Kelly)