Deadline: Open until filled.

Ela Bochenek, Assistant Dean Graduate & Professional Education

(973) 642-8863


Research Fellows at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy are non-tenure track faculty members who conduct research and writing, develop and disseminate policy recommendations, and plan and participate in conferences and forums on topics in health and pharmaceutical law and policy.

As a Research Fellow at the Center, your duties would include:

  • Working with the Center’s Faculty Director and others to apply for grants and to manage grant-funded projects. Research Fellows contribute background research and writing to grant proposals and, when the proposals are successful, they play a central role in organizing and executing the activities funded by the grants. Over the past few years, the Center has been awarded grants and contracts from, among others, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, The Nicholson Foundation, and the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy.
  • Researching, developing, and disseminating legal and public policy analyses to inform and shape federal and state policy. Current works-in-progress include a white paper on the intersection between the False Claims Act and the Food and Drug Administration’s prohibition on promoting drugs “off-label”, a grant-funded report on the legal and public policy barriers to the integration of primary behavioral and physical health care for Medicaid recipients in New Jersey, and a grant-funded analysis funded by New Jersey’s recently-announced State Innovation Models grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the privacy and security concerns related to sharing behavioral health information in accountable care and other innovative organizations.
  • Developing educational programs and fora in which leading experts from the public and private sectors examine important legal and policy developments. In February 2015, for example, as part of their work on a grant-funded project, Research Fellows planned, organized, and hosted a day-long conference at the law school addressing the Affordable Care Act’s power to improve access to behavioral health care for those with individual and small group insurance. The conference featured speakers and participants from health insurance plans, health care providers, consumer groups, government, and academia.
  • Creating materials for use in the law school’s robust online graduate program. Research Fellows participate in the development of the law school’s online offerings, writing lecture scripts, drafting quizzes, and preparing other materials on a variety of topics in life sciences law and compliance.
  • Serving as Faculty Editor of the Center’s blog, “Health Reform Watch,” and Faculty Advisor of Seton Hall Law’s student publication Health Law Outlook. The Research Fellow will regularly research and write blog posts for Health Reform Watch on topics of his or her choosing. He or she will also be responsible for planning, reviewing, publishing, and publicizing all of the faculty-and student-authored posts that appear on the blog. With regard to Health Law Outlook, the Research Fellow will work closely with the student editors to provide feedback to the student authors at multiple points in the writing and editing process.
  • Other activities such as speaking at continuing education programs, presenting at academic and other conferences, and providing legal commentary to the media. Research Fellows are encouraged to present the Center’s work and otherwise participate in outside conferences and programs. In addition, there may be opportunities to teach, both in-person and online, and to do independent scholarly writing.


Applicants must have a JD, LLM, or other relevant Master’s or PhD degree. Evidence of excellent research and writing skills is essential. Experience engaging in public health or social science research, practicing health, intellectual property, or life sciences law, and/or working in government, health care, or the pharmaceutical or medical device industries is desirable. Education or experience qualifying the applicant to use qualitative or quantitative empirical research methods is also desirable.


Operating under the leadership of Faculty Director and Professor of Law John Jacobi and Assistant Dean for Graduate and Professional Education, Ela Bochenek, the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy educates lawyers and industry professionals regarding the extraordinarily complex set of laws that govern health care providers and suppliers and produces scholarship and recommendations for state and national policy on issues posed by pharmaceutical and health law. The Center comprises degree programs for JD, LLM, and MSJ students, certification programs for compliance professionals and lawyers in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and online graduate certificate programs in Health and Hospital Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law and Compliance. In addition, Research Fellows and other members of the law school’s faculty immerse themselves in producing articles, blog posts, public policy analyses, and white papers. Seton Hall Law faculty bring to the Center’s work nationally recognized expertise in nanotechnology, health care finance, intellectual property law, and bioethics, among other areas.


Seton Hall Law School is an independent academic institution. The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy provides a neutral environment in which ongoing discussion occurs on vital issues affecting the health care and life sciences industries and the public’s health. The Center gives a voice to stakeholders, government officials, and members of academia. The Research Fellow will consider these different voices and engage in thoughtful, unbiased research and writing.

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