Health Law Pathway

Students walking to Albany Law School

The Health Law Pathway 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. 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.

Student Life

The Health Law Pathway starts at Orientation where new students can participate in special sessions introducing them to the Pathway and where they can meet faculty, peer, and alumni mentors.

Academic Program

Students following the Health Law Pathway are not required to choose a concentration, but the following concentrations align with this Pathway. Students can elect to concentrate in one of these areas or use the concentrations as a guideline for course selection in the areas in which they have an interest:

Experiential Opportunities

Practice Courses:
Law & Social Innovation: Creative Problem Solving
Negotiating for Lawyers
Client Interviewing & Counseling
Fact Investigation
Trial Practice I & II: Civil

Field Placements/ Summer & Semester in Practice


Strategic Partnerships

Relevant dual degrees are currently in place with the following local partners

  • J.D./M.S. at Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College
  • J.D./M.S. in Bioethics at Union Graduate College; Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Career Opportunities and Placement

Career Planning provides professional development opportunities specific to each pathway. Students work with alumni mentors to network and explore career opportunities in the area of health law.

Where do our Alumni go?

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  •     Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
  •     Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP)
  •     County Department of Social Services
  •     Disability Rights New York