Academic Programs


The Health Law Concentration capitalizes on the significant teaching and curriculum strengths within BU Law and other Boston University schools. It also provides students interested in the Health Law field with an opportunity to focus in a more systematic way on that area of law.

Once students have decided to pursue a concentration, they should complete an online Intent to Concentrate Form (also available in the Registrar’s Office). In the final semester, students will receive a Concentration Completion Form from the Registrar’s Office to show the course work and written work that satisfies the concentration requirements.

Program Requirements

A student may be certified as having completed a concentration in Health Law by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the following BU Law courses:
    (a) Corporations (JD 816); and
    (b) One of these three courses:
    Health Law: Business Organization & Finance (previously Health Law) JD 867 or;
    Health Law: Medicine & Ethics (JD 865) or;
    Public Health Law (S) JD 926

  2. Satisfactory completion of an additional twelve (12) credits in BU Law or the Boston University Schools of Public Health or School of Management - Health Sector Management Program. Note that courses with practical health law skills (such as Health Law Externships, Health Care Transactions, Health Law Semesters in Practice) will count towards the 12 elective credits. Current course offerings that will satisfy this requirement are listed below.

  3. Satisfactory completion of a substantial written work on a health-related topic. This requirement can be satisfied with the same written work that satisfies the existing Upperclass Writing Requirement. If the paper was done in a course, seminar, or for another purpose and the supervising professor is an adjunct (part-time) faculty member, then the faculty concentration advisor must review the paper and confirm that it satisfies the concentration paper requirement.

Students receiving a 3.5 average in the courses that satisfy requirements (1) and (2) above will be certified as earning honors in the concentration. Please note: In accordance with BU Law policies, only BU Law courses will be included when calculating the law school grade point average and when determining whether a student has attained a 3.5 average. All Law courses and seminars taken that could be applied toward the concentration will be included in determining honors unless, by the end of the applicable add/drop period, a student designates, in writing, that he/she does not want a course/seminar that is taken that semester counted towards the concentration. The "opt-out" provision does not apply to courses/seminars that are needed to satisfy the minimum requirements for the concentration.

To ensure maximum flexibility for students in their future career decisions, the transcripts of students who elect the Health Law Concentration will not reflect the Concentration. However, the School of Law Registrar's Office will record completion of the Concentration and honors in the Concentration and will make available official documentation of completion of the Concentration and honors.

Current course offerings that satisfy requirement of completion of four additional courses:

Courses at BU Law

American Journal of Law & Medicine - Member
American Journal of Law & Medicine - Editorial Board
Antitrust Issues in Health Care (S)*
Autism and Society (S)*
Biotechnology Law and Ethics (S)*
Constitutional Health Care Litigation (S)*
Disability Law (S)
Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law (S)
Forensic Mental Health Issues for Lawyers*
Globalization and Health (S)*
Government Lawyering Externship (placement w/ a health related agency)
Health Care Fraud and Abuse (S)
Health Care Law & Economics (S)*
Health Care Reform & the Constitution (S)*
Health Care Transactions (S)
Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act (S)
Health Law: Business Organization & Finance (previously Health Law) (if not taken to satisfy #1 above)

Health Law, Bioethics & Human Right (S)*
Health Law Externship
Health Law: Medicine & Ethics
Health, Poverty & Law (S)*
Independent Study (with Faculty)
Insurance Law
Law & Ethics of Medical Research (S)*
Law of Charity & Charitable Organizations (S)*
Law, Reproduction & Sexual Health (S)*
Legislative Drafting Clinic/Health & Environmental Law (C)*
Mental Health Law (S)*
Public Health Law (S) (if not taken to satisfy #1 above)
Representing Life Sciences Companies (S)*`
Semester-in-Practice Program (placement w/ a health related agency)
War on Drugs - 25 Years of U.S. Drug Policy (S)*

* Not offered 2015-2016

Courses at the School of Public Health

Human Rights and Health (LW 740) fall
Ethical Issues in Medicine and Public Health (LW 725) fall
Ethical Dimension of Public Health Law Policy (LW825)*
Genetics, Law and Public Health (LW 800)*
Public Health Law (LW 751)
Research w/ Human Subjects/Ethical Issues (LW 790)*
Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights (LW 840)*
Legal Strategies to Reduce Health Risks (LW 850) spring
Mental Health Law and Ethics (LW 854)*

Courses at the School of Management

Intellectual Property Strategies in Life Sciences and Technology (SI 814) spring

To see if a particular School of Public Health or School of Management, Health Care Management graduate course satisfies this requirement, please contact Professor Kevin Outterson .