Miami Law J.D./M.D. Program

J.D./M.D. Program

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The University of Miami School of Law in partnership with the University's Miller School of Medicine now offers a joint J.D./M.D. program in law and medicine. The law curriculum is ideal for medical students/future physicians looking to:

  • Have a career in health sector law, leadership and policy
  • Understand the legal aspects of running a private/group medical practice
  • Prepare to become a high-level hospital executive or administrator

Through this joint program, students can acquire a law degree and a medical degree in less time (6 years) while studying at a top law school and a top medical school. The first two years are spent in the M.D. program. Years three and four are focused on the J.D. degree and the final two years are spent completing the M.D. degree and the final J.D. credits. Click here for credit, tuition and graduation specifics.

Admissions

To be admitted to this program, students must be admitted to the Miller School of Medicine M.D. program and be in good standing. Students apply to the Law School during the fall of their 2nd year of the M.D. program and are encouraged to take the LSAT during the summer after Year 1 of Medical School, and no later than December of their second year of Medical School. The LSAT is offered four times annually: February, June, October and December.

Law School Course Requirements: (Click here for course descriptions)

Students in the joint J.D. /M.D. program must complete the following required health law courses:

  • Administrative Law (4 credits)
  • Law and Medicine (3 credits)

Each student will be assigned an advisor who will offer recommendations on other law courses as well as law courses which are co-listed in the Miller School of Medicine. These courses may include selections from the following:

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
  • Bio-Medical Ethics (1 credit)
  • Business Associations (4 credits)
  • Children and Youth Law Workshop (2 credits)
  • Elder Law (3 credits)
  • Family Law (3 credits)
  • Federal Income Tax (4 credits)
  • Finance and Regulation of Health Care
  • Health Care and the Constitution (3 credits)
  • Health Law Policy and Practice Practicum (3 credits)
  • Insurance Law and Policy (2 credits)
  • New Directions in Lawyering (3 credits)
  • Professional Liability and Malpractice (3 credits)
  • Scientific Evidence: In Theory and In Court (2 credits)

JD/MD students must have any modifications to their course curriculum approved by the joint program advisor.

Full course descriptions
Credit, tuition and graduation specifics
Sample 6-year schedule

For more information

Questions about the J.D. program should be directed to:

Sandra Abraham
Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs
University of Miami School of Law
305-284-4030, sabraham@law.miami.edu

Questions about the M.D. program should be directed to:

Panagiota Caralis MD, JD
Professor of Medicine
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Acting Chief of Medicine, Miami VAMC
305-575-3160, panagiota.caralis@va.gov