Health Law

Health care is one of the largest industries in the United States; in 2020, spending in this area increased 10 percent to more than $4 trillion, or nearly 20 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Perhaps unsurprisingly, the industry is also heavily regulated, with laws and rules governing insurance coverage, the quality of care, the cost of care, patient privacy, malpractice, and antitrust concerns, among other general topics. In other words, aspiring health law attorneys have a variety of paths to choose from.

Located in one of the world’s life sciences epicenters, BU Law’s health law program is consistently among the top of US News & World Report rankings. The program offers a robust curriculum covering all the core areas of the practice, including finance and regulation, bioethics, public health law, the US Food and Drug Administration, and more. Students also have the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field; choose from dozens of relevant courses; work on the country’s leading health law journal, the American Journal of Law & Medicine; and obtain practical experience in a variety of clinical settings, including a new Health Justice Practicum, which will pair students with front-line health care providers in an effort to address legal problems stemming from social determinants of health such as age, race, housing, and education.

BU Law also offers a dual JD/MPH in Public Health or a dual JD/MD in medicine, and LLM students in the LLM in Intellectual Property Law program learn from practitioners who work at leading biotechnology companies.

Boston University School of Law offers a unique program addressing the critical legal issues in health today, a health law program that ranks among the very best in the nation within a city that ranks among the most important health policy centers in the world. Our Health Law Program has been ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s top five every year since they began ranking the category. We cover the full spectrum in health law, from finance to bioethics to human rights to biotech to health economics. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for scholarship, teaching, and service to the field, and we bring our passion to the classroom and our community.

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BU Law’s award-winning faculty includes numerous scholars and teachers with expertise in health law. From food and drug law, bioethics and family law to public health law, our faculty offers students a wide breadth of specialized skills in this dynamic field.

Related Statistics:

  • In 2022, BU Law’s health law program ranked in the top five, according to U.S. News and World Report
  • $4 trillion: spending on health care in the U.S. in 2020
  • 25: The number of Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical companies that went public in 2021. That’s nearly 30 percent of all U.S. based biopharma IPOs in 2021.
  • 1958: the year BU Law established the Law-Medicine Research Institute, one of the first medical-legal institutional collaborations in the United States


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