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. dual 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.
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.
24 credits with 15 credits from the following courses:
No more than 9 of the 24 credits from the following courses:
At least one of the following clinics or field placements:
Written under faculty supervision on a relevant aspect of health law. Must qualify for the Law School's upperclass writing requirement, and may or may not be used to satisfy that requirement.
(Effective June 22, 2015)