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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 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 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 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, John Jacobi, Jennifer Oliva, or Jacob Elberg.

1. Successful Completion of the following courses 

Number Name Credit Type Offering


Health Law

This survey course introduces students to the major legal and policy issues surrounding the provision of health care. Topics include healthcare access and payment, the organization and governance of nonprofit hospitals and other health care organizations, health care fraud and abuse, antitrust issues for healthcare providers, hospital and managed care liability, confidentiality of medical information, informed consent, and medical decisions at the end of life.

Pre/co-requisite for JD only: Business Associations 





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 Procedure Act.





Any two of the following:

Number Name Credit Type Offering


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 additional restrictions.





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 seminar introduces students first to the market triggers that cause corruption in its various forms, the harms to various economies cause by corruption, and mechanisms that address corrupt behavior.  The remainder of the course comprises a study of the health and non-health related laws that address corruption, both domestically and abroad, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act 2010; Stark, Anti-kickback and the False Claims Act; Sarbanes Oxley, Dodd-Frank and other relevant non-health laws.  Students may receive 3 credits for writing an AWR paper in the course, or 2 credits if they take an exam. 





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 health law topic that has been pre-approved by Professor John Jacobi or a journal comment on health law topic that has been pre-approved by Professor Jacobi (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 (which can also satisfy the concentration requirements)
  3. the one week Compliance Certificate program offered in Newark, New Jersey.



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

Only available to JD, LLM and MSJ students

Day Courses Fall 2019 Day Fall 2019 Weekend Spring 2020 Day Spring 2020 Weekend
Disability Law (3 credits/exam)       xx
Food and Drug Law (3 credits/exam)       xx
Health Care Fraud and Corruption
(2/3 credits seminar/exam)
Medical Malpractice (2 credits/exam)        
Skills for Health Law Practice (2 credits/skills)     xx  
Mental Health Law     xx  
Bioethics and the Law (2/3 credits exam/AWR) (for AWR students, 2 credits in Fall 2019 and 1 credit when paper is completed in Spring 2020   xx    
Neuroscience and the Law xx      
Public Health Law (2/3 credits exam/AWR) xx      
Health Justice Clinic xx   xx  
Evening Courses Fall 2019 Spring 2020
Health Law (3 credits/exam)   xx
The Law of Death and Dying (2/3 credits seminar/exam) xx  
Medical Malpractice xx  
On-Line Classes Fall 2019 Spring 2020
Elder Law 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 [email protected].  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 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 & Policy at [email protected] or the Office of Career Services at 973-642-8746.