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LL.M with a Concentration in Health Law

 

Health Law Program for Attorneys

Georgia State University College of Law, through the Center for Law, Health & Society, offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Health Law for attorneys interested in Health Law. This program fosters the knowledge, skills, and values that the contemporary health lawyer needs in the rapidly-changing and challenging environment of health law. The program is designed to prepare attorneys for practice or policy work in health law through exposure to the foundations of health law and key concepts, laws, policies, institutions, skills, and values in the health law field. Health law required and elective courses enrich attorneys’ understanding of how law plays a pivotal role in ensuring health and in addressing critical issues of access, cost, and quality in health care. LL.M. students are provided faculty advisement with guidance on course selection and potential career paths.

*Note: This LL.M. with a concentration in health law is for graduates of domestic J.D. programs. For information on an LL.M. with a concentration in health law for graduates of foreign law programs, please contact lawandhealth@gsu.edu for more information. 

Requirements

The LL.M. is a 26 credit hour program and students can be full or part-time. Up to two courses may be waived based on courses taken toward the J.D.; however, students must still complete a minimum of 26 hours.

 Required Courses

  • Health Law: Quality and Access (3 hours)
  • Health Law: Finance and Delivery (3 hours)

Electives

  • 20 hours of elective courses selected in consultation with faculty to meet the needs of the individual attorney; Administrative Law and Corporations are highly recommended; 12 hours must be in health law and the remaining hours may be selected from the general law curriculum

Writing Requirement

  • A substantial writing project on a health law topic, meeting the College of Law’s established writing requirement, of publishable quality as part of one of the above electives or as independent research supervised by a health law faculty member

Lawyering Skills

Because the LL.M. is geared toward professionals who have already received their J.D., students in these programs are expected to have gained practical experience in the field and are not required to take lawyering skills courses; however, students may opt to take these courses if space is available.

Extracurricular Activities

LL.M. students are invited to participate in extracurricular and pro bono service activities through the law school, including events, conferences, and other activities offered by the College of Law, Center for Law, Health & Society or Student Health Law Association.

Grades and Honors

Students must remain in academic good standing throughout the duration of the program. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for all courses taken in satisfaction of the LL.M.

Honors is awarded by the College of Law for a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Apply

Applicants to the LL.M. must submit an application through LSAC. The following documents are required:

  • Application;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Personal statement;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Transcript from the J.D. institution; and
  • Transcripts from other institutions where the applicant has completed any other graduate level coursework, if available
  • A professional or academic writing sample

It is strongly recommended that applicants have 3 yrs of post J.D. experience prior to applying to the LL.M. with a concentration in health law.

Contact

Questions? Contact Stacie Kershner, associate director of the Center for Law, Health & Society, at lawandhealth@gsu.edu or 404-413-9088.