Masters in Bioethics & Law Dual Degree

Students can complete both a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Albany Law School and a Master of Science in Bioethics from Clarkson/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai within three years.
"There is a growing need for professionally trained individuals who can understand and address the complex ethical issues that are present in healthcare today. As a graduate of the Bioethics Program, it provided me with the platform to launch my career in healthcare ethics."
Louise Winstanly ’09
Professor, University of North Carolina
Albany Law School is one of the few law schools to offer a joint bioethics degree and one of only two institutions in the U.S. to offer a three-year program in bioethics. The dual degree program offers law students the unique opportunity to participate in an innovative, personalized, intensive education program in bioethics.


The M.S. in Bioethics degree is worth 12 credits toward a J.D. at Albany Law School and the Health Law concentration at Albany Law School is worth 12 credits toward a M.S in Bioethics.

The course of study is designed to prepare students for careers in bioethics, healthcare, public policy, government or association work, or as practicing attorneys focused on the healthcare field. Through a combination of online and on-site courses, students take courses from leading bioethicists and study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is located in a world-renowned medical center in New York City.

Law and bioethics dual-degree students satisfy three master’s courses by completing a concentration in Health Law at Albany Law School and may satisfy the Law School's upper-class writing requirement by completing their master’s project. Dual degree program students have the option to complete both degrees in three or four years. Three-year students must complete at least two law courses during the summer session.

Applicants interested in envisioning three- and four-year options, can download the following sample schedules:


About Albany Law School:

Albany Law School, a private school founded in 1851, is the oldest independent law school in North America. Today, it has nearly 600 students and 45 full-time faculty.

Albany Law offers students a wealth of opportunities to gain legal experience, as the only law school within 90 miles of New York’s capital. As the home of New York's highest court, federal courts, and the state legislature, students have access to extensive internship and job opportunities. The Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center and the Government Law Center provide students with a wide array of field placements.

William McKinley, 25th President of the United States; Robert Jackson, a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York State; and Megyn Kelly, host of America Live with Megyn Kelly on Fox News are among the school’s prominent alumni.

Admission Requirements:

To enroll in the dual degree program, students must be accepted through the admissions process of each program and matriculate in both programs.

More Information:
Admission to the Bioethics Program of Clarkson/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Admission to Albany Law School

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