Summer Scholars Job Placement Program
HLIís Summer Scholars Job Placement Program provides qualified first-year DePaul health law students and Fellows with paid summer positions at some of the most distinguished law firms and health organizations in Chicago. Recently, participants spent the summer working at the following firms and organizations: Walgreens Co.; University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical Ethics; American Medical Association; and Childrenís Law Group.
Field Placement Program
The Field Placement Program is a valuable way to obtain course credit and experience in the health law field. In recent years, students have worked with health care organizations such as Rush University Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Advocate Health Care and the American Medical Association.
The Office of General Counsel of the American Medical Association (AMA) annually recruits DePaul law students to extern at the AMA headquarters in Chicago during the summer, fall and spring semesters. AMA externs work with health and corporate law attorneys and assist with ongoing initiatives and projects. Previous externs have researched and drafted memoranda on various health and corporate law issues as well as prepared briefs and other materials for litigation.
Health Law is an extremely broad field, and with new areas of concentration emerging regularly, it is often difficult for students to narrow down the area or areas to which they intend to apply their legal skills and knowledge. In 2011, the newly established Health Law Mentorship Program will assist Health Law Fellows to define their areas of interest by providing opportunities to meet practitioners from a wide range of health law practice areas. Mentors will answer questions, provide career-planning guidance, and discuss and offer practical advice regarding specific areas of practice, including, but not limited to: medical malpractice, health care reimbursement and finance, health care compliance, government benefits, health policy research, public health, health benefits in employment, bioethics, hospital law, risk management, physician contracting, and alternative dispute resolution in health care.