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JD/MBE Bioethics: Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine

Legal and ethical issues in the health field have become increasingly complex and unmistakably current. Professionals versed in both fields are prepared to lead these debates and offer sophisticated solutions to problems with an inter-disciplinary knowledge base.

The Masters of Bioethics is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine. This degree gives students broad exposure to the diverse topics and issues in contemporary Bioethics, excellently complementing the Law degree for those interested in careers in health law and in health and medical ethics policy.

Penn Law gives credit for four courses in Bioethics toward the JD. The Bioethics degree itself requires nine courses, including four courses that can be taken in the Law School curriculum. In most cases, students in the joint program can earn the Masters of Bioethics and the JD degrees in three years.

Students apply separately to each department. Applications to the Bioethics program are welcomed contemporaneously with the Law School application or during the 1L year. The LSAT is sufficient for both departments; no additional testing is required.

Here is a typical track for completing the program.

  First year Second year Third year
Course Work 1L 2L & Bioethics courses 3L & Bioethics courses

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