PharmD-JD Program

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, offers a dual Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

About the PharmD/JD Dual Degree:

Graduates of the PharmD/JD program will be prepared for careers in a diverse range of health care and legal areas, such as consulting on health law issues and regulatory policy for government agencies, trade associations, and pharmaceutical companies. Areas that may be of interest to PharmD/JD dual degree students include biotechnology and patent law, food and drug law, health care for the elderly and poor, legal issues in managed care, law and mental health, biodiversity protection, and criminal enforcement of environmental law.

About the Application Process:

Applicants to the PharmD/JD program may apply with 120 credits or a bachelor’s degree. The JD program requires the completion of 85 credits, and the dual degree student will benefit from course substitutions that enable completion of both degrees in less time and for less money than if separately pursued. In addition, students can integrate both courses of study by completing practicum and externships that integrate both disciplines. The total time to complete both the JD and PharmD programs is generally six years, one year less than the time required to complete both programs independently.

For PharmD/JD Registration Questions:

  • Ms. Lauren Levy, School of Law Managing Director - Law & Health Care Program
    Phone: (410) 706-5369
    Email: llevy@law.umaryland.edu
  • Dr. Cherokee Layson-Wolf, School of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    Phone: (410) 706-1067
    Email: cwolf@rx.umaryland.edu

For PharmD/JD Financial Aid Questions:

  • Ms. Marilyn Jones, School of Law Student Financial Planning Coordinator
    Phone: (410) 706-5235
    Email: mjones@law.umaryland.edu

For PharmD/JD Academic & Career Questions:

  • Ms. Lauren Levy, School of Law Managing Director - Law & Health Care Program
    Phone: (410) 706-5369
    Email: llevy@law.umaryland.edu
  • Dr. Frank Palumbo, School of Pharmacy Professor and Executive Director – Center for Drugs & Public Policy
    Phone: (410)706-2303
    Email: fpalumbo@rx.umaryland.edu