Emily Steinberg graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in May 2014. Emily is eager for her next steps in the legal profession and is hoping to pursue a career in intellectual property or health law. In an interview with the E-Pulse, Emily shared her experience at DePaul, advice for current and prospective health law students, and her plans for the future. Her enthusiasm for the future, along with her experience in health law, makes her a 3L to know.
Emily has always been interested in health and science. Growing up she originally wanted to become a doctor. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Human Biology. During her senior year of college, Emily decided that law school was the path she wanted to pursue. Her love of science, coupled with her desire to learn the law, made health law the perfect fit for her. It provided Emily with an outlet to combine her two interests.
Throughout Emily’s time at DePaul, she enjoyed a wide variety of classes along with her health law courses. Her favorite classes were “Criminal Procedure” with Professor Bedi and “First Amendment” with Professor Shaman. Any class involving constitutional law interested Emily.
Outside of class, Emily stayed very busy gaining legal experience. Her first year in law school she began participating in the Health Law Fellows program and interned with Walgreen’s general counsel. Emily found the three-month internship very stimulating, as it involved her interest with intellectual property and biology. Although she was not a fan of the commute to Deerfield for the position and would prefer to do litigation work, this internship gave her valuable experience with transactional and contractual legal work.
The summer between her second and third year of law school, Emily worked at a hospital’s rehabilitation institution doing work with the general counsel. Emily really enjoyed working at the general counsel for a hospital because it exposed her to many different types of legal work.
Emily has not finalized her future plans but is considering taking the Patent Bar in order to open up her professional opportunities in health or intellectual property law. Her dream job would be to do pharmaceutical intellectual property work, as it includes both biology and chemistry. For current and future students, Emily’s advice is to get involved in moot court or trial advocacy if they are interested in doing any form of litigation. Emily found her experience with the health law moot court particularly helpful and relevant to future employers.
Emily has many valuable experiences and will no doubt be extremely successful in the future. The staff at the E-Pulse wishes Emily the best with her future endeavors and look forward to seeing what she does next!