M.J. with a Concentration in Health Law

Health Law Program for Health Practitioners, Policy Makers and Researchersapply now deadline July 15

Georgia State University College of Law, through its Center for Law, Health & Society, offers a fully online master of jurisprudence (M.J.) with a concentration in health law. This program offers non-lawyer health professionals the opportunity to advance their careers by developing a fuller understanding of the role of law and policy in health fields. Courses provide an introduction to U.S. law, health care systems and compliance, as well as coverage of specific topics such as health care liability, financing and access.

The M.J. is tailored to meet the needs of working professionals and is a two year, part-time program. All courses meet asynchronously online so that students can complete lessons and assignments as their schedules permit and can be located in Atlanta or anywhere across the country. Courses are offered in mini-mesters, allowing students to focus their studies on two topics at a time.

Requirements

The M.J. is a 30 credit hour, two year, part-time program.

Program of Study

Year 1
Half-Semester A
3 Credit Hours Year 1
Half Semester B
4 Credit Hours
Intro to Law 2 Intro to Health Care Systems 2
Current Health Law Topics 1 Provider Liability 2
Year 1
Half Semester C
4 Credit Hours Year 1
Half Semester D
4 Credit Hours
Institutional Liability 2 Legislative and Regulatory Process 2
Health Care Financing 2 Management of Structure of Health Care Enterprises 2
Year 2
Half-Semester A
4 Credit Hours Year 2
Half Semester B
4 Credit Hours
Intro to Confidentiality 2 Elective Course 2
Intro to Compliance 2 Elective Course 2
Year 2
Half Semester C
4 Credit Hours Year 2
Half Semester D
3 Credit Hours
Elective Course 2 Capstone 3
Elective Course 2    

 

Note: initially, electives will focus on the regulation of health care, with later expansion to include public health, human rights, health science and bioethics electives.

Capstone

In the final semester of the program, students will prepare a capstone project designed to integrate the subject matter from their course of study to analyze an issue or problem (identified in consultation with their advisor) from their current or desired work environment.

Extracurricular Activities

M.J. students are invited, although not required, to participate in extracurricular activities through the law school, including events and conferences, many of which are organized by the College of Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society and are simulcasted or recorded.

Grades

Students must remain in academic good standing throughout the duration of the program. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for all courses taken in satisfaction of the M.J.

Apply

Applicants to the M.J. must submit an application through LSAC. All applicants are required to create an LSAC account.

There is no Georgia State University application fee. Fees may apply for LSAC services.

The following documents are required:

  • Completed Application
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Personal statement describing background and experience, interest in the M.J. and career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers, past professors or others who know the applicant in a professional capacity
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended; and
  • A professional or academic writing sample

At a minimum, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in a health-related field. The LSAT and GRE are not required.

Note: credits earned toward the M.J. program are not transferable to the J.D. program at Georgia State Law.

Steps to apply.

Complete the online application by creating an account with LSAC. There is no application fee. for GSU Law.


Attach a typed personal statement electronically to your online application. This is your opportunity to describe why you are pursuing the M.J. at Georgia State Law and highlight any experiences, qualifications or other information you believe to be relevant. The personal statement should be no more than two pages, double-spaced.
Your C.V. or resume should indicate a minimum of 3 years of experience in a health-related field.
Attach a professional or academic writing sample to your online application.

Transcript Request Forms are available through your account. Schools should send your official documents to:
LSAC
LLM/MJ Credential Assembly Service
662 Penn Street
Dept. 8511
Newtown PA 18940-8511
USA

Please Note: It can take up to two weeks for LSAC to process your domestic transcripts once they receive them. Documents from undergraduate and graduate institutions located outside the United States may take longer to process. LSAC will assess a one-time fee of $85 for the Document Assembly Service.


Add the recommenders to your LSAC account. They can upload their letter into your account or they can mail it to LSAC.  Remember to assign your letters to be sent to GSU Law.

Request that LSAC send your report (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) to GSU. A $30 report fee will be added to your shopping cart.

Foreign Educated Applicants

Applicants who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the United States or Canada are required to participate in the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES) through LSAC.  This service authenticates, translates and evaluates your official academic records and will be included in the Document Assembly Service.  LSAC will assess a one-time fee of $135 for the ITAES.

English Proficiency

Foreign graduates from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are presumed to be proficient in English. Graduates from schools in which all instruction is in English may also be considered proficient, but must separately inquire. All other applicants must demonstrate their English proficiency by achieving:

  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 on the internet-based test
  • A minimum of 7.5 on the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

LSAC accepts score reports for either TOEFL or IELTS exams and, upon receipt of an official score report from the testing service, will include your scores in your law school report. To have your TOEFL score sent to LSAC, provide ETS with the institution code (8395) when you place your order for a copy of the score report to be sent. To have your IELTS score sent, contact your test center and ask that your official score report be sent to LSAC for electronic download.

 

Contact

Questions? Contact Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08), associate director of the Center for Law, Health & Society, at lawandhealth@gsu.edu or 404-413-9088.