Postdoctoral Fellow, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center.
Betha graduated from the Penn Carey Law SJD program in 2023, following her graduation from the LLM program in 2020. Before her LLM degree, Betha obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2015 and a Qualifying Certificate (B.L) from the Nigerian Law School in 2016.
Betha’s dissertation explored the legal, institutional, and normative framework for strengthening health systems in developing countries within Anglophone West Africa, focusing specifically on Nigeria and Ghana. It identified the regulatory, financing, governance, and other challenges in these health systems and made reform proposals.
Impact of the SJD program on your career:
It equipped me with the required knowledge and skill sets to launch me into a successful academic and policy-oriented career.
What makes the SJD program at Penn unique:
The small size of the program, the encouragement of interdisciplinary scholarship, and the support of the professors and the larger graduate programs office.
Advice to SJD candidates:
Ensure you pick a topic you are passionate about and genuinely interested in, maintain frequent communication with your dissertation committee members and lean on their guidance and expertise, and leverage the unique and diverse perspectives of your fellow SJD colleagues.