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What will I learn?

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

Which department am I in?

USC School of Pharmacy

Study options

Full Time (PharmD: 144 units; JD: 88 units)

Tuition fees
USD $58,836 /year for PharmD; USD $66,306 /year for Juris Doctor
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Health Sciences Campus

University of Southern California,



90033, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

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)

Applicants to doctor's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 100, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.