That didn’t take long.

The University of Iowa College of Law is adding a course next fall covering the legal implications of the recently passed health care reform, and the organizers expect that other law schools will announce similar courses soon.

Health care reform “touches virtually every aspect of the law that we can think of,” said Iowa law professor Herbert Hovenkamp, who is helping to develop the course. “Almost every law college graduate who practices in an area with a significant regulatory component can benefit from learning about the health care reform law.”

The 14-week course will examine how the reform affects economics, human rights, employment, antitrust, insurance and other areas of the law. Lecturers from throughout the University of Iowa will explore different aspect of the reform, said law professor Sheldon Kurtz. He expects between 40 and 65 students to take the course.

They won’t all be law students. The course will be open to graduate students in Iowa’s medical, nursing, public health and pharmacy schools. Law students who want to practice health care law, or who want other positions within the health care industry, are also expected to enroll in the course, Kurtz said.

The course is being offered through the law school’s Innovation, Business and Law Center, which brings together interdisciplinary faculty from around the university to teach and conduct research into the government regulation of entrepreneurship, innovation and management of resources. Public health law expert David Ortenlicher, a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, will be a visiting professor at Iowa next year and will be the primary instructor for the health care reform class.

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