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 leading programs
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 Concentration in Health Law.
All students interested 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
Note: Students may not apply courses taken Pass/D or Fail toward the Concentration
Concentration Planning and Advice
Students seeking curricular advisement should contact Professor Jacob Elberg.
1. Successful Completion of the following Courses:
A. Administrative Law
This course studies the theory of administrative actions; administrative process;
agency organization; determination and promulgation of the administrative regulations;
right to notice and hearing; enforcement; judicial review; standing; and the Administrative
B. Any two of the following: "core" health law courses:
Food and Drug Law
This course provides an overview of the laws and regulations of the Food and Drug
Administration that restrict the sale of unsafe, deceptive or unproven foods and drugs.
The pre-market approval system governing drugs will be examined along with the debate
about the length of testing. Other topics include the prescription status of drugs,
consumer advertisements, and the impact of commercial speech protections. Major issues
concerning food regulation are considered such as the appropriateness of a no-risk
policy for carcinogens and the use of biotechnology in foods. The justification for
the deregulation of dietary supplements will also be explored. The course aims to
provide students with an understanding of the principal regulatory means used by the
agency, such as rulemaking, and court enforcement. In addition students will be able
to consider the appropriateness of schemes based on disclosure and those that impose
Healthcare Access and Payment
This course examines the public and private insurance programs connecting people to
needed health care. The basic structures of the relevant law – Medicare, Medicaid,
and the regulation of private insurance – are undergoing rapid change. We will examine
sometimes-competing economic, political, and policy principles undergirding the structure
of the system by which access and payment are governed, as well as less contested
innovations in payment, such as social accountable care organizations and performance
based reimbursement, that promise to improve care and moderate costs.
HealthCare Fraud and Corruption
This course introduces students to the various statutes and regulations used to address
corrupt behavior in the health care system and the various government actors who enforce
them. The course comprises a study of the health and non-health related laws that
address corruption, both domestically and abroad, including the Anti-Kickback Statute,
Stark Law, False Claims Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Students will
also learn about various Department of Justice and HHS-OIG policies (and those of
other enforcers) which drive government efforts to prevent fraud and abuse and as
a result impact the provision of care throughout the health care system.
Note: Course offered as a seminar up until the end of Spring 2020 and will transition
to a lecture format after Spring 2020 semester has concluded.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Medicine
This course examines legal and ethical issues in medical treatment and research. Topics
covered include the formation and termination of the physician-patient relationship,
medical malpractice, informed consent, health care confidentiality, medical decision-making
at the end of life, organ transplantation, the determination of death, health care
decisions for minors, and research involving human participants.
These four (4) courses generally are each offered once per year, either in the Day
program or Weekend program. Day and Weekend students are permitted to take these courses
regardless of when they are offered.
C. Additional health law courses if needed to bring the total concentration credits
(including Administrative Law) to 13. Students should consult with Prof. Elberg if
they have questions about whether a course will count as a health law course for the
purposes of the 13-credit requirement.
2. Completion of a paper that satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) through
a Health Law AWR seminar or another AWR seminar on a health law topic that has beenpre-approved byProfessor Elberg or a journal comment on health law topic that has been pre-approved by Professor Elberg
3. Maintenance of an overall 3.0 GPA in the health law courses counted toward the
Students may not apply courses taken pass/D/fail toward the concentration credit requirement.
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:
the concentration requirements
a health care fraud course (which can also satisfy the concentration requirements)
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 [email protected]. If you wish to discuss your options with a faculty member, please see Professor Jacob Elberg.
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 Tara 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 at [email protected] or the Office of Career Services at 973-642-8746.