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 Sciences, Biomedical Technology or 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 Test (LSAT).
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 issues.
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.