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With a growing common denominators between the legal and medical fields, many would-be lawyers are choosing healthcare law.  A. Harrison Barnes, founder of, says one reason the two fields tend to merge from time to time is due to the advances in science and medicine.  DNA revolutionized the way lawyers present cases and DNA has also become a powerful weapon in closing those cases that have long since gone cold.  If it’s healthcare law you’re considering, odds are, you’re aiming high in terms of which schools you apply to.  U.S. News World Report recently updated its list of highest ranking colleges that offer healthcare law curriculums.  You might be surprised at which schools made the cut.  Odds are, there are at least a few on the list you might never have even considered.   A. Harrison Barnes says while the list isn’t all inclusive, it’s a great place to start and as this specialized area continues to grow, more schools will be adding their own healthcare law programs.

  1. St. Louis University School of Law, located in St. Louis, Missouri ranks at the top of the list.  It’s intense programs provide incredible opportunities.
  2. The University of Maryland is the publication’s second choice.  It’s also ranked number 48 of all the colleges in the U.S.  It’s a superb school with a rich heritage and the technology needed to ensure its placed at the number spot is deserved.
  3. Coming in at number three is Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.   An impressive campus and a program that was created in 1953, this is the oldest program that combines law and medicine.
  4. Boston University School of Law ranks at number four.  This school is responsible for some of the nation’s brightest minds, including Lelia Robinson, the very first woman who was admitted to the Massachusetts bar.
  5. Rounding out the top five is Georgia State University.  This southern campus offers it all.  Located in Atlanta, those who choose Georgia State will enjoy the seemingly endless access to databases and other resources.
  6. Another southern campus, University of Houston, has long since been a favorite among law students.  It’s one out of twenty three American law schools that touts more than three nationally recognized specialty programs.

Rounding out the top ten are Georgetown University in Washington DC; Seton Hall in Newark, NJ; Loyola University at Chicago and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, located in Minneapolis.

Once you’ve completed the educational requirements and pass the bar, you’re sure to discover the many opportunities that will suddenly be before you, says the founder.  He continues, “The more dedicated you are, the more sure you’ll be as you close one chapter of your life and begin another.”

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