Career Pathways: Medical Malpractice

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Medical Malpractice Law involves the liability of medical professionals for malpractice--professional negligence.  Medical malpractice lawyers are typically trial lawyers and litigators.  Medical malpractice attorneys practice at every stage of a case, from pre-suit notice--drafting demand letters, negotiation, drafting complaints, other pleadings, court filings, issuing and answering discovery, and mediation--to planning and trying the case itself, drafting jury instructions, and handling post-verdict matters.

Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex negligence actions that involve large quantities of specialized discovery—medical records—and rely on expert witnesses.  Medical malpractice lawyers need the skills of a general litigator: legal drafting, evidence, civil procedure, pretrial practice, trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution and some knowledge of appellate practice; as well as a familiarity with medical terminology, practice, and standards of care (which are an important measure of whether a medical professional’s mistake rises to the level of malpractice).

For more information, see the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Section, Medicine and Law Committee, and the Florida Bar Health Law Section.

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Assist in improving access to health care.

  • Oversee organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation (HRSA).

  • Enhance and protect the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services.

  • Foster advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

  • Help create and promulgate federal regulation of medicine.

State Agencies
  • Act on state’s behalf in enforcing medical licensing regulations.

  • Help write medical licensing regulations.

Private Law Firms
  • Litigate lawsuits against medical professionals.

  • Take depositions and gather evidence.

  • Conduct negotiations, mediations and negotiate settlements.

  • Represent persons or families who have suffered serious injuries or the death of a loved one caused by the negligence of an individual or a company.

Student Organizations

Other Activities

  • Obtain an internship with a medical malpractice attorney or firm.
  • Periodically check the Symplicity Job Board for opportunities in this area of law.

Health Law Curriculum Guide


Faculty Members Include: Kathy Cerminara, Phyllis Coleman, Michael Flynn, Amanda Foster, Areto Imoukhuede, Donna Litman, Florence Shu-Acquaye, Fran Tetunic, Marilyn Uzdavines


Note: The College of Law offers a concentration in Health Law


Core Offerings

Advanced Offerings

Related Offerings

Administrative Law(3 Credits) LAW 0695/ LAW 0690


Bioethics Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0897


Civil Practice Field Placement Clinic FT: 12 Credits LAW 0826/0829 or PT: 6 credits LAW 0828

Health Care Compliance (3 credits) LAW 4682

Disability Law (3 Credits) LAW 0095

Civil Pre-Trial Practice (3 Credits) LAW 0517

Health Care Organizations, Regulation and Access (3 Credits) LAW 0997

Elder Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0737

Dispute Resolution Clinic (8 Credits) LAW 1035/1036/ 1037

Health Policy, Bioethics and Quality of Care (3 Credits) LAW 4677

Health Law Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 1044

Florida Constitutional Law (3 Credits) LAW 0775 (FB)


Law and Medicine Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0895

Insurance (2 credits) LAW 0830


Medical Malpractice (2 Credits) LAW 0873

Trial Advocacy (3 Credits) LAW 0890



Mental Health Law (3 Credits) LAW 0894