Lacey Rogers is currently finishing up her third year at DePaul University College of Law. Prior to law school, Lacey attended University of Toledo in Ohio where she studied philosophy and minored in psychology. Lacey decided she wanted to attend graduate school and felt that law school was the right choice. Once at DePaul, Lacey immersed herself in various organizations and attended lectures within a variety of fields in order to better gage her interests. Lacey decided to focus her legal studies in the area of health law after attending a variety of lectures, meetings, and events within the Jaharis Health Law Institute.
While participating in the Institute as a fellow, Lacey wrote articles for the E-Pulse Newsletter and took a variety of health law courses that will earn her a Health Law Certificate. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the JHLI Summer Scholars Program where she was placed in an internship with Walgreens in their pharmacy law department. Following her internship, Lacey continued to follow her health law interests and began her work at Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) in their Health Prosecutions division where she used a 7/11 license to receive hands on work experience.
While at DePaul, Lacey said the most important class she took was Legal Drafting: Civil Litigation. She felt the class better prepared her by teaching her core skills that she has seen come into practice during her time at IDFPR. Her favorite class was Healthcare: Fraud and Abuse because she found this particular area and topic in health law to be the most interesting and considered it a potential career path down the road.
Looking back on her three years as a law student, Lacey’s advice to the rising 1L’s and 2L’s is to get involved early on and stay involved. She advises to get involved outside of the classroom by taking advantage of the various internship opportunities that surround DePaul. She also recommends that students find an area they like and take classes to explore it, but without discounting practical courses that can be applied to all areas. Most importantly, she advises the 1L’s and 2L’s to take time to enjoy their three years of law school.
After graduation, Lacey will be moving to Ohio, where she plans on taking the bar exam and continuing her interests by working in the public sector in some health law capacity.