Careers In Health Law
Graduates of the law-medicine program are pursuing careers in all areas of health law, all across the country. They work at law firms, corporations, hospitals, government agencies, research and consulting organizations, legal aid offices, and other public interest organizations. Some are advocates and litigators; others are transaction experts and advisors on policy and regulation.
Our Career Services Office complements our curriculum with programs and services that include on- and off-campus interviews, individual counseling sessions, participation in specialized job fairs, an extensive career library, year-round workshops, panel discussions and presentations on job-related topics, mock interviews, and an alumni mentor program.
Career Services and The Law-Medicine Center also collaborate with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Health Law Council. Members of the Council participate in health law career presentations at the law school. In addition, the Council sponsors a health law scholarship and periodically presents introductory sessions for attorneys considering a career in health law.
One of the schoolís top priorities is to assist students in planning their health law career. The school continues to expand its online resources and alumni career services network to aid students seeking health law-related jobs, as well as identifying nontraditional job opportunities in such areas as government and public interest.
Special Student Opportunities
The Law-Medicine Center offers summer internship stipends for students interested in a career in health law. With the help of the Career Services Office, students research and apply for an unpaid (or nominally paid) summer health law position at public interest organizations or in government and sometimes abroad. Students then apply for a Law- Medicine summer internship stipend.
Awards, announced in spring, have enabled students to work for the National Indian Health Board; Patients Not Patents (Washington, DC); Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities; Ministry of Legal Affairs (Roseau, Dominica, West Indies); Vermont Medical Society; Medical College of Wisconsin; SPARC: Society for the Protection & Rights of the Child (Lahore, Pakistan); NARAL (Washington, DC); Physicians for Reproductive Choice & Health (NYC); Rensselaer County Public Defender (Albany); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Washington, DC); New Hampshire Attorney Generalís Office; National American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Northwest Community Hospital (Arlington, Illinois); Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and the Special Committee on Aging (Washington DC); Veterans Affairs; Office of Regional Counsel(Massachusetts); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC); U.N. Development Programme (NYC); Maryland Attorney Generalís Office, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (Washington, DC); AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) (Capetown, S. Africa); and Housing Advocates, Inc. (Cleveland).
Health Matrix Associate Editors with an unpaid summer health law job may apply for a summer internship stipend funded by a special Health Matrix Endowment.
Hospital Law Externships offered by The Law-Medicine Center allow students to gain hands-on, experiential learning in a top hospital legal environment, while earning course credit. The highly selective externships are with Clevelandís top hospital systems: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, MetroHealth System, and Summa Health System.
Health Law Scholarships & Fellowships
Students specializing in health law may be eligible for one of two merit-based programs. Law-Medicine Scholars receive tuition offset. Law-Medicine Fellows receive tuition offset and a position as a summer research assistant for a member of the Law-Medicine Center faculty.
Dean Lindsey Cowen Research Fellowship
Thanks to a generous donation from the Ferry Family Foundation, The Law-Medicine Center now offers a one year Cowen Research Fellowship to a law school graduate who wishes to gain advanced experience and training in health law research skills. The Fellow works directly with professors on scholarly projects. Preference in selection is given to graduates of the School of Law.