Certificate Course in Law and Medicine

Medical law concerns itself with the rights and duties of medical professionals and their patients. The focus of medical law is on confidentiality, negligence, medical malpractice and other torts related to medical treatment, along with criminal laws applicable to healthcare, and ethics. Laws are created to regulate human behavior for the benefit of society. In healthcare, laws are designed to prevent harm and to protect the rights of patients and other individuals. Healthcare workers must follow a set of legal regulations and ethics. If there is a breach of these laws and someone is harmed as a result of that breach, the implications can be severe, including loss of license, financial penalties, and imprisonment. Therefore, today’s healthcare professionals must not only have good clinical communication skills, but also understand the complex legal and regulatory systems which govern the standard of medical care delivered to patients. Unfortunately, there is very little training in a healthcare professionals’ curriculum on legal and ethical aspects of medicine.

The certificate course in Law and Medicine will enable a student to have a broad overview of the legal framework governing the healthcare industry. Students will also gain an understanding of various ethical standards that need to be followed in different circumstances. Overall, the course will provide information on the three broad areas for medical practice, which include regulatory compliances, laws pertaining to the practice of medicine, and laws related to ethical conduct. The course will enable the students to face the legal, regulatory, and business challenges of modern medical practice.


Graduation/ Post Graduation/PUC/10+2.

Who Can Join the Course?

  • Practicing Advocates.
  • Medical Practitioners
  • Human Resources Managers.
  • Retired and working government sector employees.
  • Administrators in Educational institution and Hospitals.
  • Medical and para medical students.


The course is conducted by VBCL, Udupi with the active assistance of Karnataka State Law University, Hubballi. Certificate will be awarded by KSLU, Hubballi to those who have successfully completed the course.

Duration of the Course

The programme shall be extended over one Semester (6 months). The week end classes will be conducted at VBCL premises. Total 24 hours classroom teaching is scheduled to be held throughout. Classes will normally be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays. However the college reserves the right to schedule the classes on other days, if found necessary.

Admission Procedure

At the time of registration candidates shall make the payment of the course fee of Rs.6,000/- for Certificate Course in Law and Medicine (whole term).

Last date for Admission

Without Penal fee 20-01-2021

With Penal fee of Rs.300/- 21-01-2021

Course Contents

Unit – I

  • 1.1.Definitions of Medical Jurisprudence, Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science.
  • 1.2.Historical development of forensic science and forensic medicine – India and other counties
  • 1.3.Contributions of various scientists.

Unit – II

  • 2.1. Death – cerebral and somatic death. Legal consequences of death. Changes in the body after death.
  • 2.2. Asphyxia – hanging, drowning, strangulation, throttling, garroting and suffocation.
  • 2.3. Injuries and wounds – abrasions, contusions, lacerations, incised wounds and chop wounds.

Unit – III

  • 3.1. Toxicology – poisons and different types
  • 3.2. Poisons which cause different effects but rarely death.
  • 3.3. Mental illnesses.

Unit – IV

  • 4.1. Sexual offences – rape, unnatural offences – medical examination.
  • 4.2. Sexual perversions.
  • 4.3. Doctor – patient relationship
  • 4.4. Medical negligence and Consumer Protection Act, 1986
  • 4.5. Consent and informed consent.