About this course
The Health Law Concentration at Albany Law School combines bioethics, lawyering skills and policy development, helping students to gain the intellectual foundation and practical experience needed for career success in the health law field.
Albany Law is training experts in the legal, ethical and policy programs posed by the health science in the 21st century. Our students and alumni are becoming leaders in areas such as bioethics, managed care, health policy and advocacy, and intellectual property issues in biotechnology. Within the Health Law program we offer a J.D./M.S. joint degree in law and bioethics, one of only two law schools in the U.S. that offer the option to complete such a program in just three years. In addition, Albany is a world leader in nanotechnology, neural imaging, biodefense, brain computer devices, newborn screening, and health policy.Practical Experience: Early on students work with a specific health law issue with a faculty member, learning to read, write and research like lawyer. Students also represent a client from interview to summary judgment to appeal. Advanced courses in areas such as trial practice, interviewing, mediation and negotiation combine instruction and hands-on practice to build important skills. Through the Health Law Clinic, students represent clients who are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other chronic medical conditions and have legal problems related to their medical conditions. Through the Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic they represent clients with developmental disabilities in legal matters.
- Applicants for admission as candidates for the Juris Doctor degree must hold, or have completed the requirements for, a baccalaureate or higher degree granted by a regionally accredited institution, containing at least 45 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences.
- Applicants without a baccalaureate degree are admitted only with exceptional academic credentials. In such a case, the applicant must have successfully completed three-fourths of the coursework toward a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution.
- International students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S.