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  • Online LLM in Health Care and Pharmaceutical Law

    With the complexities of today’s health care industry, specialized knowledge is necessary to navigate the ins-and-outs of the system. Drexel University Kline School of Law’s online LLM in Health Care and Pharmaceutical Compliance is designed to help lawyers gain the expertise they need to successfully establish themselves as trusted specialists in the health care field.

    What is an LLM in Health Care & Pharmaceutical Compliance?

    An LLM (a Master of Laws) is a secondary degree available to those who hold a Juris Doctor (JD) or international equivalent. This is an advanced, specialized degree that lets you delve deep into a specific area or topic of law. Drexel’s online LLM focuses on compliance in the health care and pharmaceutical industry, with the curriculum highlighting topics like food and drug law and the regulation of pharmaceutical and medical device sales and marketing. An online LLM in Cyber Law and Data Privacy is also available.

    LLM Degree in Health Care & Pharmaceutical Law Online Program Features

    • Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law was rated 23rd in the Nation for Health Care Law by US News and World Report (2019)
    • Focus on either Health Care Compliance or Pharmaceutical Compliance, or take classes in both areas
    • Program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis
    • Completely online format means you can learn around your busy schedule
    • Option to complete a thesis
    • Utilize the Kline Graduate Programs Virtual Career Office which is dedicated to helping you reach your career goals via access to job postings, a virtual career classroom, and one-on-one coaching with faculty and alumni

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    What Can I Do With an LLM in Health Care & Pharmaceutical Compliance?

    Because you need to have a JD or equivalent law degree to earn an LLM, most graduates of LLM programs are practicing attorneys working at law firms, for the government, or as in-house counsel for pharmaceutical and insurance companies and health systems. Graduates can also work in compliance or in other roles that are responsible for making sure their organization can navigate the relevant legal systems within the health care and pharmaceutical industries.

    What Salary Can I Earn with an LLM in Pharmaceutical & Health Care Compliance?

    Although salaries can vary based on organization and location, the following median incomes provide an idea of the salary you can earn after graduation.

    Professional Role

    Median Salary*



    Compliance Manager


    Compliance Officer


    *2017 figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net

    What is the difference between an MLS, JD, and LLM?

    While a JD, an LLM and an MLS are all law-adjacent degrees, they differ in terms of scope. A JD is the only postgraduate degree that gives law school graduates the ability to sit for a bar exam. A state bar exam must be passed in order to practice law in the United States. An LLM is an advanced, specialized degree designed for those who already have a JD or international law degree. LLM programs provide a deeper dive into a specific area of the law. A Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a graduate degree for those that may or may not have a JD. An MLS program focuses on how laws and regulations work and how to properly conduct business within them, focusing on areas such as risk assessment, compliance, and ethics. You cannot practice law with only an MLS degree.

    What are the Requirements for an Online Law Degree focused in Health Care?

    To be considered for Drexel’s online LLM in Health Care and Pharmaceutical Compliance, domestic students need to have earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school. International students must have earned a Bachelor of Law (LLB) or its equivalent. Learn more.

    Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

    The Kline School of Law is the only law school in Pennsylvania accredited by PACLE (Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education) to provide distance learning CLE credits. Lawyers admitted to practice in Pennsylvania who take online graduate level or advanced degree courses at Kline may claim CLE credit as permitted by PACLE regulation 5(f) governing Credit for Law School and Graduate Level Courses.

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    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program. State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Required Courses  
    LSTU 501S Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation, & Reporting


    LSTU 507S Risk Assessment and Management


    Elective Courses  
    Complete 18 elective credits OR 12 elective credits plus Thesis Project I & II. 

    Sample electives:


    LAW 674S Health Care Fraud and Abuse  
    LAW 770S European Union Data Privacy and Protection  
    LAW 780S Health Care Quality Regulation  
    LAW 781S Health Care Cost and Access Regulation  
    LAW 784S Health Care Finance  
    LAW 785S Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Research & Development  
    LAW 787S Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing Practices  
    LAW 791S Regulating Patient Safety  
    LAW 792S Food and Drug Law  
    LAW 872S Heath Law Legal Research  
    LAW 998S Thesis I - Scholarly Legal Writing: Planning and Preparation  
    LAW 999S Thesis II - Scholarly Legal Writing: Writing, Refining, and Presentation  
    LSTU 502S Ethics and Professional Standards  
    LSTU 504S Heath Care Rules and Regulations  
    LSTU 505S Health Care Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Management  
    LSTU 506S Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations  
    LSTU 515S Information Privacy Law  
    Total Credits


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    Admissions Criteria

    • A Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school
      • International applicants must have completed an undergraduate (LL.B) or graduate degree (LL.M) in law

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Essay of approximately 500 words
      • Can be a personal statement outlining personal and/or professional goals you hope to achieve through the program, or on another topic that showcases your writing skills
    • Resume
      • Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated
    • Standardized test score reports (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) can be submitted, but are not required
    • Additional requirements for International Students
      • Those who have completed their first law degree program in a language other than English will be required to submit a TOEFL or a comparable exam score


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is $1275 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2021-2022 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2021

    August 23, 2021

    December 17, 2021

    Spring 2022

    January 10, 2022

    May 6, 2022

    Summer 2022

    May 23, 2022

    August 7, 2022

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