B.S./J.D. 3+3 Program with Albany Law School
This unique program offered jointly by ACPHS and the neighboring Albany Law School
guarantees qualified freshmen in any of ACPHS's bachelor's programs (Pharmaceutical
Health and Human Sciences) a spot in law school, providing they
maintain the required GPA and achieve a qualifying score on the Law School Admissions
Students will spend the first three years at ACPHS and the final three years at
Albany Law, earning their Bachelor's degree after the first year of law school and
their Juris Doctor at the completion of the program.
Health law is a rapidly growing field, and there is a great need for attorneys who
specialize in meeting the legal needs of health care professionals, consumers and
the health care industry. The combination of science, health and law provides students
with a broad range of career choices.
Students graduating from the program will be qualified to work in law firms, the
pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, government and health care-related
public service organizations. By selecting appropriate electives, students will
be prepared to participate actively in health-related law and policy development
with a special emphasis on pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, development and
distribution. Students will be poised to provide counseling to the growing pharmaceutical
and biotechnology industries on intellectual property and regulatory compliance
This includes filing and prosecuting patents, development of technology transfer
agreements, negotiating licensing agreements, the preparation of regulatory documents
and working with government agencies to ensure compliance with the state and federal
laws governing these industries.