Georgia State University offering an LLM in Health Law

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There is a unique opportunity for Georgia State University College of Law students to earn their Master of Laws (LL.M.). For 10 additional credit hours, international and domestic students can earn a double concentration from its Center for Law, Health, and Society.

Until 2019, Georgia state law only offered a 26-hour LLM in which international students could either select the bar track or a single concentration and domestic students could only select one single focus.

Now, foreign students can choose the Bar Track plus one concentration and domestic students can choose two concentrations. Georgia State Law Associate Director Stacie Kershner said the change was something students were asking for.

“Our Bar Track program is prescribed – the course meets the requirements specified by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Many of them have also shown interest in the thematic areas covered by our concentrations. Now the 36-hour program provides flexibility for that,” she said. “Students can add 10 hours to the Bar Track and be able to take concentration courses. This way, they also don’t have to take two separate LLM programs to achieve their goals.

The 26-hour option is still an option, but the 36-hour LLM is growing in popularity.

Since students were expressing interest in multiple concentrations, Kershner says Georgia State Law has always promoted an interdisciplinary approach and allows students to tailor their experience.

“For example, they can follow their interest in environmental health with health law and land use and environmental law, or health privacy and IT with health law and intellectual property, or precision medicine with health law and legal analysis,” Kershner wrote in an email. “There are many other subjects to explore at the intersection of our offerings and this 36 hour option allows our students to do so without having to complete a second full LLM.”

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