JD Health Law Concentration   


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' Carl Coleman or John Jacobi.


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
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    
Healthcare Access and Payment     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.  Professor Ragone oversees 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 the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy at healthlaw@shu.edu or the Office of Career Services at 973-642-8746.