College of Law > About > Centers & Institutes > Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute > Career Preparation
The Summer Scholars Job Placement Program, funded by the DePaul University College of Law Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute and the Jaharis Foundation, provides qualified first and second-year DePaul health law students with paid summer positions at some of the most distinguished law firms and health organizations in Chicago. In recent years, participants have spent the summer working at: Rush University Medical Center, Presence Health, Fresenius Kabi, Walgreens Co., University of Illinois at Chicago Clinical Ethics group, Husch Blackwell, the American Medical Association, Childrens Law Group, Nixon Peabody, and Baxter, to name some.
To obtain additional information about becoming a Partner Institution or to express interest in partnering with DePaul’s Health Law Institute, please contact either Kate Schostok, Executive Director of the Health Law Institute, or Wendy Netter Epstein, Jaharis Faculty Fellow and Faculty Director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute.
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
IAHA Student Membership Law students
throughout Illinois and in surrounding states are encouraged to join the
Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA) as student members.
The benefits of student membership include access to: a monthly
newsletter; quarterly lectures on topics of current concern to the
health care field; annual health law symposium; annual surveys of health
law; and the membership list. Such benefits make an IAHA membership an
invaluable tool for furthering students substantive knowledge of health
care law, and offer students outstanding networking opportunities to
connect with active members of the Illinois health care legal community.
Students can join the IAHA at a reduced annual membership rate of $25.
DePaul University College of Law is an accredited provider
of Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). The Jaharis Health Law
Institute offers one-hour, online/on-demand video lectures on health
related topics from previous CLE opportunities in the event you were
unable to attend the lecture in person. Video lectures will be updated
regularly following CLE events.