The growing need for health professionals with legal backgrounds led to the development of the dual Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Juris Doctor (JD) degree program offered by the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Gould School of Law.
Students can pursue a unique combination of specialties within each discipline to create a degree program that meets their individual interests and career goals. For example, students can combine expertise in administrative, industrial, substance abuse, primary care, geriatric and/or pediatric pharmacy with medical malpractice, health care, tort liability, product liability, intellectual property, patent and professional responsibility law.
Graduates of the PharmD/JD dual-degree program will be well prepared for careers in health-related law such as:
- Corporate attorneys within the pharmaceutical industry
- Patent law specialists
- Managed care lawyers
- Private practice
Admission Requirements and Application Process
Students interested in the dual PharmD/JD degree must be accepted by both programs. Students will not be given special consideration for admission to either program because they are applying for the dual degree.
Requirements for admission include:
- a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (median GPA for Law School admission is 3.6)
- LSAT results (median score is 167)
Students may apply to the dual PharmD/JD degree program in two ways:
- Submit applications to both programs simultaneously. (For specific information on the USC Gould School of Law application process, contact the law school at (213) 740-2523 or firstname.lastname@example.org, identifying yourself as a prospective PharmD/JD dual degree candidate.)
- Identify yourself to both the School of Pharmacy and the Gould School of Law as a potential dual-degree student.
- If you are admitted to both programs, you will be offered admission to the PharmD and contingent admission to the JD program, pending your passage of all courses in the first year of the PharmD program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- You must notify the Law School in a timely fashion that you will be enrolling in the dual PharmD/JD degree program and will not matriculate to the Law School until the following year.
- If you are accepted by only one program, you may choose to attend that program, but will not be eligible for the dual degree.
Apply for the dual degree after acceptance to PharmD
- You may instead submit an application to the JD program during your first year of enrollment in the PharmD, prior to the JD published application deadline.
- If you choose this option, apply directly to the Gould School of Law. (For specific information on the USC Gould School of Law application process, contact the law school at (213) 740-2523 or email@example.com, identifying yourself as a prospective PharmD/JD dual degree candidate.)
- If you are admitted to the JD program, you will be offered admission to the dual degree if you pass all courses in your first year of the PharmD program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
For more information, please call the School of Pharmacy Office of Admission and Student Affairs at (323) 442-1469 or the USC Gould School of Law at (213) 740-2523.