Brian King will graduate from DePaul University College of Law this May earning his Juris Doctorate degree along with the Health Law certificate and CCB Compliance Certification. Brian took the time to share his law school experience and advice for future law students interested in health law.
Brian attended Purdue University where he studied pharmacy during his undergraduate career and later received his doctorate degree in pharmacy. During his time studying pharmacy at Purdue, Brian became interested in the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the law. After graduating, Brian became a registered pharmacist in Chicago, and continued to work in the field for a few years before deciding to pursue his law degree.
At first, Brian was very interested in trying to do something at the intersection of health and IP law such as pharmaceutical patents. As he continued to take classes and work with the Jaharis Health Law Institute, Brian decided to focus solely on health law taking almost every health law related class that was offered. Brian highly recommends that anyone interested in health law take health care delivery systems and fraud and abuse, since these were two of his favorite classes. He added that these classes were two of the most helpful in his experience with the practice of health law. Additionally, Brian has been actively involved with the Jaharis Health Law Institute since starting at DePaul. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of this publication, the E-Pulse, as well as serving as the Executive Text Editor for the Health Law Journal and a prominent member of the Health Law Moot Court.
Brian provided some great advice for future students interested in health law. First, he said that it is critical to test the waters and figure out what area you want to focus. He added that it is not important that you know exactly what it is you want to do at first, but it is crucial that students go out and ask questions. Next, Brian said that it was very important to stay connected with the professors and alumni. Professors and alumni can be your greatest support system. Finally, he explained that it was essential for students to seek out externships in an area that they are passionate about. Brian said that seeking employment early in the semester will help to alleviate the stress of law school. In the coming year, Brian plans on passing the Bar exam and taking a much deserved vacation before starting his career with Quarles & Brady.
I know that I can speak for The Jaharis Health Law Institute and its Fellows in expressing how extremely grateful we all are to Brian for his numerous contributions and constant commitment to the Institute’s excellence.