Home  >  Health Law  >  JD Health Law & Compliance Curriculum

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. 

All interested students in the Health Law concentration should submit a Concentration Declaration Form. This form must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes in the student's final semester.

Note: Students may not apply courses taken Pass/D or Fail toward the Concentration credit requirement.

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 advisement should 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
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
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  
Regulating Research with Human Subject (2/3 credits seminar/exam)     xx                                    
Skills for Health Law Practice (2 credits/skills) xx      
Evening Courses Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Anatomy of Medical Malpractice (2 credits/exam)   xx xx  
Compliance Skills (2 credits/skills)   xx   xx
Disability Law   xx    
Elder Law (3 credits/exam)       xx
Health Law (4 credits/exam)       xx
Public Health Law (2/3 credits seminar/exam) 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 the Office of Career Services at  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 or the Office of Career Services at 973-642-8746.

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
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
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
Current topics of interest relating to health law
First Place: $4,000; Second Place: $2,000; Third 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
Epstein Becker Green Health Law Writing Competition
Health Law
Top Three Submissions are: $4,000, $2,000, and $500
Health Law
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Medical and Legal Collaboration
Outstanding Paper by a Law Student
Health Law
7 Records Returned

compliance training and education
Online Learning