Elder and Health Certificate of Concentration

Elder and Health Certificate of Concentration 

This concentration combines two dynamic and closely related areas of the law. Both legal areas are interdisciplinary and grounded in policy, legal compliance, and ethics. A legal practice in either broad area provides stimulating and rewarding work. As one of only four ABA Accredited Schools in California with a Health Law Concentration and only three in the nation with an Elder Law Concentration, the McGeorge Elder & Health Law Concentration provides students with a robust and relevant opportunity to focus their study on two of the most needed areas of practice now and in the future.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume and Statement of Purpose (at least 200 words on why you want to obtain the certificate of concentration and how it fits into your career goals). This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students must schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities.

Requirements & Curriculum

Students must complete the core and elective courses designated below. Membership and participation in the McGeorge Health Law Association is encouraged. With prior written approval, the Certificate of Concentration Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause or depending on offerings in any year. 

13 units minimum required for completion of Concentration
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (complete two courses)
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 570Health Law3
LAW 745Elder Law and Social Policy3
EXPERIENTIAL COURSES (complete one course)
LAW 747Elder & Health Law Clinic1-3
LAW 954Externship (approved by director)3
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete five units)
LAW 170Wills and Trusts3
LAW 302Estate and Gift Tax/Estate Planning3
LAW 304Mental Health - Policy and Law2
LAW 526Mediation3
LAW 528Online Dispute Resolution1
LAW 573Bioethics and Public Health Law1-3
LAW 699SReproductive Rights and Justice1-2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
Additional Clinic or Externship3


Professor Melissa Brown, Director of the Health Concentration: mbrown1@pacific.edu | 916.739.7378