J.D./LL.M. in National and Global Health Law

Offered in conjunction with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown’s health law LL.M. program trains lawyers to apply their specialized legal skills to improve population health in the United States and globally. The innovative full- or part-time course of study explore the intersections of health and law, including global health governance, health and human rights, food and drug law, access to health care, and legal interventions to prevent and control infectious and non-communicable diseases. The J.D./LL.M. in National and Global Health Law degree program enables Georgetown Law students to earn both a J.D. degree and an LL.M. in National and Global Health Law in a total of seven full-time semesters (or longer if completed on a part-time basis).

Students must apply for admission to the program at the end of their 2L/3E year.

Under this program, students count 12 credits completed during their J.D. studies toward the LL.M. degree. Of these 12 credits, at least 8 credits must be health law "specialization credits."  Following completion and conferral of the J.D. degree, students must complete an additional 12 credits of coursework, of which at least 8 must be health law "specialization credits."

Following acceptance into the J.D./LL.M. degree, students must complete:

  • Global Health Law course (3-credit option), which will count toward the "specialization credits"; and
  • A practicum listed under the health law "specialization" course list or an externship that must be approved by the Director of the Health Law LL.M. Program (Note: while an externship is highly encouraged, externship credits do not count toward the "specialization credits").

This program is only open to students who are earning their J.D. at Georgetown Law. Students may complete the additional credits on a full-time or part-time basis.  J.D./LL.M. students are expected to complete their LL.M. credits within two years of receiving their J.D. degree.

For more information about the LL.M. degree in National and Global Health Law and the other courses that count as "specialization credits" toward the degree, visit the LL.M. in National and Global Health Law page.

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.