October 29, 2015


(OCTOBER 29, 2015)—Georgetown Law announces its sixth J.D./LL.M joint degree option for J.D. students interested in obtaining a master of laws (LL.M.) in Global Health Law.

The addition of the LL.M. in Global Health Law offers future lawyers the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills through focused studies in core legal and policy courses on global health, individual and public health, human rights, trade law, bioethics, international economics, environmental law, biotechnology, and science.

“We are thrilled with the launch the J.D./LL.M in Global Health Law,” says Ana S. Ayala, J.D., LL.M., director of the Global Health Law LL.M. Program. “It gives Georgetown Law J.D. students the chance to take advantage of this unique, growing, and globally recognized LL.M. program. They will have an even greater incentive to take advantage of our courses during both their J.D. and the LL.M. studies.”

J.D./LL.M. degrees enable Georgetown J.D. students to earn an LL.M. degree with an additional one (rather than two) full-time semester after completion of the J.D. degree. The degree designation allows global health law-focused specialty courses taken during the upper class J.D. years to also satisfy criteria for the LL.M.

This is the sixth combined degree offering by Georgetown Law. Other specialized LL.M. degrees include Securities and Financial Regulation, Taxation, International Business and Economic Law, National Security Law, and Environmental Law.

Interested Georgetown J.D. students must apply for the J.D./LL.M. degree program at the end of their 2L or 3E year. Applications must be submitted between May 1 and June 30 of the 2L/3E year.

Click here for application deadlines, the application form, and instructions.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.