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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
    • Beginning in the Fall of 2022, the Kline School of Law’s fully online degree and certificate programs will be offered on the 10-week Quarter system and will no longer be offered on the 14-week Semester system. Students who start before Fall 2022 will transfer their credits to the quarter program. For questions, please contact lawadmissions@drexel.edu.

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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.

    Related Programs

    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.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Beginning in the Fall of 2022, the Kline School of Law’s fully online degree and certificate programs will no longer be offered on the 14-week Semester system. Students who start before Fall 2022 will transfer their credits to the quarter program. For questions, please contact lawadmissions@drexel.edu.

    Required Courses
    LSTU 551 Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting 4.0
    LSTU 554 Risk Assessment and Management 4.0
    Foreign-trained students may also be required to complete one or more of the following:
    LSTU 550
    Introduction to the Legal System
    LSTU 553
    Legal Research and Analysis
    Electives 24.0
    LSTU 552
    Ethics and Professional Standards
    LSTU 555
    Compliance Communications
    LSTU 600
    Health Care Rules and Regulations
    LSTU 601
    Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management
    LSTU 602
    Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations
    LSTU 603
    Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Research and Development
    LSTU 604
    Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing Practices
    LSTU 605
    Food and Drug Law
    LSTU 660
    Information Privacy Law
    LSTU 661
    The Law and Strategies Surrounding Cybersecurity
    LSTU 662
    European Union Data Privacy and Protection
    LSTU 998
    Thesis I –Scholarly Legal Writing: Planning and Preparation
    LSTU 999
    Thesis II – Scholarly Legal Writing: Writing, Refining, and Presentation
    Total Credits 32.0

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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 2023-2024 is $915 per credit.

    The Thomas R. Kline School of Law online graduate programs have recently switched to a quarter calendar schedule. The tuition rate reflected above is now per quarter credit.

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • 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.
      • 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

    2023-2024 Academic Year


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