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Shepard Broad College of Law Launches New Concentrations in Health Law and Education Law in Master’s Program

November 30, 2016

Healthcare and education are two of the most rapidly changing fields in the U.S. economy. Demographic shifts, fiscal turmoil, and constantly evolving federal regulations have required professionals in these fields to manage significant change and at the same time stay abreast of powerful social and economic forces.
To help professionals address these changing needs, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law has developed a series of new concentrations for its four online Master of Science degree programs for non-lawyers.

In the Master of Science in Education Law (M.S.Ed.L.) degree program, there are two new concentrations, both of which assist education professionals and non-professional education advocates better prepare for understanding the regulatory landscape of K-12 education. These concentrations are “Exceptional Education Law” and “Education Law Advocacy.” The Exceptional Education Law Concentration provides educators and parents of special needs students with the tools needed to navigate the substantive, procedural and legal aspects of exceptional student education. The Education Law Advocacy Concentration provides foundational advocacy skills necessary for educators and parents to competently participate in the administrative hearing process.

“The expansion of the Master of Science in Education Law is particularly salient for parents and guardians of special needs students who have committed themselves to serving as their child’s advocate,” explained Jon Garon, Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law. “For many parents and guardians, they have no one to turn to. This program provides them the tools they need to help their children obtain the educational rights the law protects. For many parents, this is the only resource available anywhere.”

In the Master of Science in Health Law (M.S.H.L.) degree program, the newest concentrations is the “Clinical Research Law, Regulation and Compliance Concentration.” This concentration provides students with foundational competence with Pharmaceutical Law, activities of the Food and Drug Administration, and Regulatory Compliance in the Health Care Industry. Concentration courses will be available as elective courses for all M.S.H.L. students.

The new education and healthcare concentrations are available to both new and continuing students beginning January 2017. These new concentrations are part of a series of concentrations available to NSU Law students in the four master’s degree programs, including: Health Care Administration Law, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management, Employee Relations Law, Human Resource Managerial Law, and Cybersecurity Law.

Cybersecurity Law is also a new concentration for January 2017. It includes courses on Privacy Law, Principles of Information Security; Cyber Law and Modern Mass Communications Policy; Electronic Commerce and Digital Trade; and Cyber and Information Crimes.

The NSU College of Law M.S. program is the second largest non-JD Master’s program in the nation. The Cybersecurity Law concentration will be available to students within any of the four online Master of Science Programs: Health Law, Employment Law, Education Law, and Law and Policy. Other concentrations are specific to each academic program. Taught by full-time College of Law faculty and highly regarded practicing attorneys, the M.S. program provides working professionals the knowledge and skills essential to accelerating their career goals. The program does not enable graduates to practice law but instead helps the graduates manage the regulatory, compliance, and legal constraints that shape today’s business landscape.

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Shepard Broad College of Law: Nova Southeastern University’s College of Law offers a cutting edge, skills-centered academic program in three-year full-time and four-year part-time divisions. With its recently redeveloped clinical programs, every NSU Law student is guaranteed a live-client experience. In-house clinical studies are supplemented by full-time field placement opportunities practicing law in Florida, across the United States, or select locations throughout the globe. To solidify student success after graduation, NSU Law pioneered a curriculum on the business of lawyering through the Global Law Leadership Initiative. NSU Law students have a myriad of curricular opportunities, including a rich, diverse curriculum, concentrations in International Law or Health Law; dual degree programs abroad in Rome, Barcelona, or Prague; dual degree programs at many of NSU’s 17 colleges; and much more. For more information, please visit www.law.nova.edu.

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 24,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education's criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, go to: www.nova.edu.

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