The LLM specialization in Health Policy and Law is designed to meet the needs of lawyers working in the area of health policy and law who are looking to enhance their practical skills and substantive knowledge as well as lawyers aiming to enter the field. With the implementation of the US Affordable Care Act and the proliferation of global health challenges and increasingly complex issues of bioethics, this is a dynamic and ever-expanding field of legal practice.

This in-depth program helps prepare lawyers who aim to work with health care providers and insurers, government regulatory agencies, firms handling pharmaceutical products liability and toxic tort cases, and NGOs and community-based organizations in the United States and abroad, among others.

In addition to enrolling in the wide range of health law-related courses offered by the School of Law, LLM students may benefit from the university’s interdisciplinary expertise by taking relevant courses in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. LLM candidates are also encouraged to participate in events and activities sponsored by Northeastern’s Program on Health Policy and Law.

Timeline

The LLM with specialization in Health Policy and Law is a 12-month program, starting and ending in August. Students interested in this specialization are encouraged to apply by May 1.


Curriculum

The specialization in Health Policy and Law, which requires the completion of 33 quarter credits, features:

A Minimum of Required Courses: All LLM students specializing in Health Policy and Law take Health Law and at least two courses of their choosing from the following list:
  • Bioethics and the Law 
  • Current Issues in Health Law and Policy 
  • Drug Law and Policy 
  • Problems in Public Health Law 
  • International Health Law 
  • Health Law Fraud and Abuse 
  • Public Health Law Clinic 
  • LLM students specializing in Health Policy and Law who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from three foundational courses: Legal Research, Legal Writing and Introduction to the US legal system, which provides the background knowledge and basic skills needed to succeed in the US law school environment and in the global practice of law. 

A Maximum of Elective Courses: LLM students specializing in Health Policy and Law may take other health law-related courses of their choosing from a select list (see sample list of course options below).

Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a quarter (10–11 weeks) completing a full-time legal practice experience. Co-op is an integral part of the LLM curriculum – no less important than your 33 credits of course work. Northeastern has developed placement opportunities with law firms engaged in advocacy work, nonprofits, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs and other advocacy groups around the world. Where you do your co-op — where in the world and where within the profession — is up to you. A professional development advisor in our Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement will work with you to define where you want to go on co-op and refine how you present your qualifications. Together, you will find the co-op opportunity that best meets your unique goals. 

Independent Research and Writing: All LLM students specializing in Health Policy and Law identify a topic relating to health policy and law they are interested in exploring in the form of an independent research project and paper. A Northeastern law faculty member who shares your area of interest provides the necessary supervision, either in conjunction with a seminar or in the context of an independent study.

Sample Course Offerings (Health Policy and Law)

  • Administrative Law 
  • Basic Income Taxation 
  • Antitrust Law 
  • Elder Law 
  • Disability Law 
  • Reproductive Rights and the Law 
  • Bioproperty 
  • Intellectual Property 
  • Patent Law 
  • Social Welfare Law 
  • State and Local Government Law 
  • Human Rights in the Global Economy 
  • Human Behavior, Legal Doctrine & Policy Design 
  • Global AIDS Seminar o Negotiation 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Private Litigation for Social Justice 
  • Economic Perspectives on Health Policy (at Bouvé, semester-long course) 
  • Advanced Legal and Interdisciplinary Research 

Recommended Courses Offered through the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (HPL students may take 8 credits of graduate level courses not listed as law school courses): 
  • The (in)Visibility of (dis)Ability in Society 
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States 
  • Public Health Administration and Policy  
  • Strategic Management and Leadership in Health Care 
  • Evaluating Health Care Quality 
  • Economic Perspectives on Health Policy (also listed above) 
  • Society, Behavior, and Health 
  • Environmental Health 
  • Global Health  
  • Principles and History of Urban Health 
  • Open Classroom: Health Policy 

Not all courses are offered each academic year. Consult the Course Catalog available from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for specific information about when courses are offered.