Joint Degree Program in Law

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 an envious range of career choices upon graduation.

This unique program, offered jointly by ACPHS and the neighboring Albany Law School, guarantees qualified freshmen in any of ACPHS's bachelor's programs a spot in law school, providing they maintain the required GPA and achieve a qualifying score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Students will spend the first three years at ACPHS and the final three years at Albany Law, earning their Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree after the first year of law school and their Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the completion of the program. Best of all, students are able to obtain the two degrees in six years instead of the typical seven.

Graduates of 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 actively participate in health-related law and policy development with a special emphasis on pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, development, and distribution. Opportunities within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries may include:

  • Providing¬†counseling on intellectual property and regulatory compliance issues
  • Filing and prosecuting patents
  • Developing technology transfer agreements
  • Negotiating licensing agreements
  • Preparing regulatory documents
  • Working with government agencies to ensure compliance with the state and federal laws