J.D./M.A. Healthcare Ethics Dual Degree

A number of law schools nationwide offer joint degrees in healthcare ethics because such joint degrees are attractive to prospective students interested in pursuing jobs in health-related fields and may better qualify them for jobs in this expanding field. The required experiences in clinical settings offered by the joint degree will enrich students' appreciation of the various health-related practice areas and the range of legal issues they are likely to face in practice. The joint degree is structured so that a student will be able to graduate in 3-4 years with both degrees if desired.


Program Type

Dual Degree


Master's, Doctorate

Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

  • Health Care Law
  • Law and Medical Ethics
  • Methods in Healthcare Ethics
  • Clinical Rotation
Students select from the following courses:
  • Adjudication: The Judicial Process
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Animal Law
  • Art of Mediation
  • Canon Law
  • Children and the Law
  • Climate Change
  • Drug Regulation: Current Issues
  • Food Law & Policy
  • Gender & the Law
  • Governance, Compliance, and Risk Management
  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Healthcare Care Organization and Finance
  • Law and Psychology; Legal Medicine & Forensic Science Philosophy of Law
  • Public Health Law & Policy
Students select credits from the following courses:
  • HCE 648 Clinical ethics
  • HCE 642 Multicultural society and HCE
  • HCE 645 Comparative religious bioethics
  • HCE 643 Ethics of care
  • HCE 653 Genetics and ethics
  • HCE 662 Organizational ethics in health care
  • HCE 654 Research ethics
  • HCE 655 Global bioethics
  • HCE 656 End of life ethics
  • HCE 657 Public health ethics

Application Requirements

Students must submit a completed online application, including a resume or curriculum vitae. Note: students must apply to both the McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts AND the Thomas R. Kline School of Law using two separate applications.

Students must submit all previous transcripts, including undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) records.

A competitive LSAT score is required for admission to the Law and will not be waived based on an applicant's GRE score. A competitive LSAT may be used in lieu of the GRE for admissions to the M.A. in Healthcare Ethics.

MA applications require three letters of recommendation. Typically, the three letters should be from faculty in the academic program(s) in which the student studied. Graduate Certificate applications require two letters of recommendation written by persons who have the academic or professional competence to assess the suitability of the applicant for academically rigorous courses on healthcare ethics

Student must submit a writing sample from a previous academic assignment.