LAWW959-04 End of Life Law and Ethics

This course explores topics in end of life law in more depth and builds on concepts learned in Bioethics & Law. Topics include right to refuse treatment, informed consent, surrogate decision-making, physician aid in dying, withdrawal of life-supportive therapies, and end of life care dispute resolution. The course begins with coverage of key legal and ethical concepts in end of life law and will also emphasize the complex interplay between law, ethics, and the provision of medical care. Activities for the course include mock Ethics Committee meetings, client interviewing and counseling, completion of advance care planning documents, student-led discussion, and a substantial original research paper on a topic approved by the instructor.