The Silver Tsunami

This concentration combines two dynamic and closely related areas of the law. Both legal areas are interdisciplinary and grounded in policy, legal compliance, and ethics. A legal practice in either broad area provides stimulating and rewarding work. As one of only four ABA Accredited Schools in California with a Health Law Concentration and only three in the nation with an Elder Law Concentration, the McGeorge Elder & Health Law Concentration provides students with a robust and relevant opportunity to focus their study on two of the most needed areas of practice now and in the future.

Often referred to as “The Silver Tsunami,” older adults are the fastest growing segment of the population. Elder clients have numerous and diverse legal needs, including estate and end-of-life planning as well as protection from physical, financial abuse, unfair business practices, and contract disputes, as well as other legal matters that impact quality of life and individual autonomy. Career opportunities include working for state and local agencies, non-profits protecting and serving our elder population, and in private law firm with specialized practices.

Students must complete the core and elective courses designated below. Membership and participation in the McGeorge Health Law Association is encouraged. With prior written approval, the Certificate of Concentration Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause or depending on offerings in any year.

The Certificate of Concentration requires a minimum of 13 units.

Core Courses (complete two) Units
Administrative Law 3
Elder Law & Social Policy 3
Health Law 3
Experiential Course (complete one) Units
Elder & Health Law Clinic (included Homeless Advocacy Project) 3
Relevant Externship (approved by director) 3
Elective Courses (complete five units) Units
Bioethics: Life & Death 1
Estate & Gift Tax/Estate Planning 3
Mediation 3
Mental Health — Policy and Law 2
Negotiations & Settlements 2 or 3
Online Dispute Resolution 1
Reproductive Rights and Justice 1 or 2
Wills & Trusts 3
Additional Clinic or Externship Related to Elder or Health Law 3