Georgia State University College of Law

When Georgia State University College of Law students went back to class on Monday, none was there for the school’s new LL.M. in health law. But officials are working to change that by next fall.

GSU Law announced in early June its new LL.M. program offered through its Center for Law, Health & Society. The deadline for applications for the fall 2017 class, however, was July 1—tight timing due to the university’s approval process, the center’s associate director, Stacie Kershner, said.

“The timing wasn’t good to roll it out so quickly, so we’re really doing a [marketing] push this fall,” she said.

Kershner said about half a dozen people expressed interest in the program after it was announced. Most were local—current students and attorneys interested in extending their practices or transitioning to the health care space, and individuals interested in health care policy, she said.

As part of its marketing efforts, the law school advertised the program at the annual Health Law Professors Conference, which it hosted in June, to reach professors who could share the information with students.

It also plans to sponsor a table at the annual American Public Health Association meeting, held this year in Atlanta in November.

Kershner said she also plans to reach out to the University of Georgia School of Law, which offers health law and policy courses, including a community health law partnership clinic.

GSU Law’s LL.M. in health law grew out of the Center for Law, Health & Society’s well-subscribed certificate in health law for its J.D. program and builds on the law school’s already well-known health law program. It requires 26 credit hours.