JD Healthlaw & Compliance Curriculum

Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy


J.D. Program: Health Law Concentration

Seton Hall Law School has specialized in health law for more than two decades and U.S.News & World Report has consistently ranked its health law program among the top ten in the country. The health law faculty specialize in a wide range of topics, influencing health care policy throughout the United States and the world.

The Law School offers a Concentration in Health Law that provides J.D. students with a strong foundation in traditional health law, drug law, and/or biotechnology law.  Students have increasingly integrated the Concentration with intellectual property courses too.  Students who complete the requirements may list the Concentration on their resumes.  Upon graduation, the Concentration will be reflected on graduates' transcripts and they will receive certificates indicating receipt of the Health Law Concentration. 

Concentration Planning and Advice

Before registering for each semester, students are encouraged to attend the Health Law Curricular Advisement session held just before registration by Professor Carl Coleman or Professor John Jacobi regarding upcoming Health Law courses. Faculty advice is available to students pursuing or considering the Concentration. 

Download the Health Law Concentration Planning Guide

Concentration Requirements

To graduate with a Concentration in Health Law, students must complete a minimum of 13 credits in health law courses and fulfill the health law concentration requirements outlined below.

  1. Successful completion of the following courses:

    1. Health Law (4 credits);
    2. Health Care Finance (2 credits) or Health Care Fraud & Abuse (2 credits);
    3. Food and Drug Law (3 credits) or Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Marketing & Compliance (3 credits) or Drug & Medical Device Liability & Policy (2 credits);
    4. Administrative Law (3 credits); and
    5. One course in which the student must complete a paper that satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) through a Health Law AWR seminar (3 credits) or another AWR seminar on a pre-approved health law topic (2-3 credits) or a journal note on a pre-approved health law topic (1-3 credits).

  2. Maintenance of an overall 3.0 GPA in the health law courses counted toward the Concentration.

Once a student has decided to pursue the concentration, he/she must complete the Health Law Concentration Declaration Form.  This form must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes in the student's final semester.

Health Law Electives and AWR's

Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case (2) - HLTH 9521
Antitrust (2) - PUBG 8801
Antitrust & the Life Sciences (2) - HLTH 8509
Bioethics (3) - HLTH 9526
Biotechnology & the Law (2) - INDL 9319
Comparative Health Law (2) - HLTH 7408
Disability Law (3) - PUBR 7912
Health Care Reform (3) - HLTH 9523
Health Information Privacy & Innovation (3) - HLTH 9530
Health Law & Governance (3) - HLTH 9525
HIPAA & Health Privacy (2) - HLTH 7504
Information Privacy Law (3) - INDL 9234
IP & Global Public Health (3) - INDL 9329
Law & Genetics (3) - INDL 9318
Law & the Life Sciences (3) - INDL 9321
Medical Malpractice (2) - HLTH 8508
Mental Health Law (2) - HLTH 7511
Non-Profit Organizations (2 or 3 credits) - HLTH 9519
Products Liability (2) - PRFM 7005
Public Health Law (3) - HLTH 9515
Regulating Research with Human Subjects (3) - HLTH 9517
The Law of Death & Dying (3) - HLTH 9509
Transactional Skills (2) - PRMD 9222

Externship Program

Seton Hall Law School's externship program offers Health Law students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a health care setting. These externships provide students with unparalleled opportunities to meet health care attorneys and providers who become a bridge to their careers in health law.  Students pursuing the Concentration are encouraged to consider participating in an externship.  However, an externship is not a requirement for completing the Concentration.

To learn more about these exciting health law externship opportunities, please contact the Office of Career Services at lawcareer@shu.edu.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Students pursuing the Concentration also find special scholarship opportunities at the Law School:

Timothy G. Rothwell Health and Pharmaceutical Law Scholarship
Named in honor of Timothy G. Rothwell, J.D. '76, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi-aventis U.S., this scholarship rewards one outstanding applicant. The recipient of this award receives a substantial tuition scholarship upon admission to the Law School. Students are selected to receive this scholarship on the basis of academic performance, LSAT score, and a commitment to a career in health law. The scholarship is renewed each year, as long as the recipient maintains the required GPA.

Kalison, McBride, Jackson & Murphy, P.A. Health Law Award
This award has been established by Kalison, McBride, Jackson & Murphy, P.A., in order to acknowledge an incoming student who demonstrates an interest in health law and who shows promise as an attorney in this practice area. Kalison, McBride, Jackson & Murphy, P.A., is a New Jersey law firm whose practice is primarily devoted to health law matters. The selection committee considers undergraduate major, past academic performance, LSAT score, and experience in health care or a related industry. The student receiving the award will be given a $5,000 scholarship towards his or her law school tuition for the first year at Seton Hall Law School. This is followed by matching support in the second and third years by Seton Hall Law School. One award is given annually.