JD Health Law & 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. U.S.News & World Report has consistently ranked the Seton Hall 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.

Seton Hall Law offers a Concentration in Health Law that provides J.D. students with a strong foundation in traditional health law or life sciences law.  Students have increasingly integrated the Concentration with intellectual property courses too.  Students pursuing the concentration may list it 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 John Jacobi regarding upcoming Health and Life Sciences Law courses. Faculty advice is available to students pursuing or considering the Concentration or the Compliance track. 

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. Students seeking curricular advisements shoud contact Professors' Kathleen Boozang, John Jacobi, or Jordan Paradise.

1. Successful completion of the following courses:

  1. Health Law (4 credits);
  2. Administrative Law (3 credits);
  3. Any two of
    1. Accountable Care Organization (2 credits)
    2. Food and Drug Law (3 credits)
    3. Health Care Fraud & Corruption (2 or 3 credits);
  4. Completion of 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 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. Students may not apply courses taken pass/D/fail toward the concentration credit requirement.

Compliance Track

Seton Hall Law offers students the opportunity to take additional credits for a certificate in compliance within the Health Law Concentration.  To qualify for this certificate, students must complete:

  1. the Concentration requirements
  2. a health care fraud course
  3. the Compliance Skills course
  4. the one week Compliance Certification program offered in Newark or California

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.


In-Class JD/LLM/MSJ Courses (not available to Certificate Students)

Only available to JD, LLM and MSJ students

Day Courses Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Accountable Care Organizations (2 credits/exam)        
Administrative Law (3 credits/exam)        
Birth, Death & the Law (2/3 credits seminar/exam)        
Compliance Skills (2 credits/skills)        
Disability Law (3 credits/exam)       xx
Elder Law (3 credits/exam) (approval needed)   xx    
Food and Drug Law (3 credits/exam)   xx   xx
Health Care Fraud and Corruption
(2/3 credits seminar/exam)
  xx   xx
Genetics: Law, Policy and Bioethics (2 credits/exam)        
Health Privacy (2/3 credits AWR/exam)       xx
Health Law (4 credits/exam)   xx    
Medical Malpractice (2 credits/exam) xx   xx  
Mental Health Law (2 credits/exam)        
Public Health Law (2/3 credits seminar/exam)        
Regulating Research with Human Subject (2 credits seminar)     xx                                    
Skills for Health Law Practice (2 credits/skills) xx      
Evening Courses Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Administrative Law (3 credits/exam)        
Anatomy of Medical Malpractice (2 credits/exam)   xx xx  
Biotechnology and the Law (2/3 credits seminar/exam)        
Birth, Death & the Law (2/3 credits seminar/exam)        
Compliance Skills (2 credits/skills)   xx   xx
Disability Law   xx    
Elder Law (3 credits/exam)       xx
Food and Drug Law (3 credits/exam)        
Health Care Fraud and Corruption (2/3 credits seminar/exam)        
Health Law (4 credits/exam)       xx
Health Privacy (2/3 credits AWR/exam)        
Medical Malpractice (2 credits/exam)        
Public Health Law xx      
Skills for Health Law Practice     xx  


Externship Program

Seton Hall Law School's externship program offers Health Law students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a health care or policy setting. These externships provide students with unparalleled opportunities to meet attorneys who represent providers, payors, consumers, and manufacturers who become a bridge to their careers in health law.  Students pursuing the Concentration are encouraged to participate 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 Sonia Cunha at the Office of Career Services at lawcareer@shu.edu.  If you wish to discuss your options with a faculty member, please see Professor John Jacobi.

Semester in D.C.

Students may earn 8 credits in a semester-long externship, plus 2 credits in a required attendant class, in a government agency. To qualify, students must plan their studies carefully to satisfy their course and residency requirements prior to the D.C. semester. Students are responsible for obtaining their own housing during their semester in D.C.  Professors Ragone and Paradise oversee this program. 

Summer Compliance Fellowships

Each year, several health and life science companies offer paid summer compliance fellowships to students who have completed their first year of law school.  These opportunities expose students to the world of compliance, thereby enabling them to compare the compliance profession to the practice of law after spending the second year summer in a law firm or other legal setting.  Fellowship applications are generally available after first semester grades become available.  Questions may be directed to Simone Handler-Hutchinson in the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy or Dean Jessica Miles in the Office of Career Services.

Health Law Writing Competitions

First Annual WCL National Health Law Writing Competition
Topics of interest relevant to health law
First Place: $1000 | Second Place: $500
Health Law
ABA Health Law Student Writing Competition
Any aspect of health law
First place award includes publication in The Health Lawyer, a $500 honorarium, and attendance at the ABA’s Emerging Issues in Healthcare conference (including airfare, at ABA rates, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days)
Health Law
2015 ACLM Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics
Any aspect of legal medicine
First prize – $1,000; 2nd Prize – $500; 3rd Prize – $250
Health Law
Epstein Becker Green Health Law Writing Competition
Health Law
Top Three Submissions are: $4,000, $2,000, and $500
Health Law
Epstein Becker & Green Health Law Writing Competition
Current topics of interest relating to health law
First Place: $4,000; Second Place: $2,000; Third Place: $500
Health Law
H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition
Areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices and tobacco
1st place — $5,000 | 2nd place — $3,000 | 3rd place — $1,000
Health Law
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Medical and Legal Collaboration
Outstanding Paper by a Law Student
Health Law
7 Records Returned

Health Reform Watch
Online Learning
compliance training and education