McGeorge School of Law

Elder and Health Law 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.

  • Often referred to as “The Silver Tsunami,” older adults are the fastest growing segment of the population. Elder clients have numerous and diverse legal needs, including estate and end-of-life planning as well as protection from physical, financial abuse, unfair business practices, and contract disputes, as well as other legal matters that impact quality of life and individual autonomy. Career opportunities include working for state and local agencies, non-profits protecting and serving our elder population, and in private law firm with specialized practices.
  • Our rapidly changing healthcare systems create job opportunities for health lawyers in a variety of settings. Jobs with state or federal regulatory agencies, health systems, non-profits, behavioral health entities, and law firms with health law specialization continue to expand.

In addition to course work, students will gain supervised, practical experience in a health or elder law in the McGeorge Elder & Health Law Clinic or in the dozens of Externship opportunities.

Membership in, and participation with, the McGeorge Health Law Association is strongly encouraged.

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.


Contact Professor Melissa Brown, Director of the Elder and Health Certificate of Concentration
Email | 916.739.7378