What is something that SLU LAW does right in order to prepare students for success on the job market?
The opportunity to have such a broad, yet comprehensive range of health law and policy courses is truly what distinguishes the SLU health law program from other law schools. This exposure allows SLU health law alumni to hit the ground running irrespective of where they end up after law school. Whether in a traditional law firm setting or in less traditional settings (such as a consulting firm focused on health care), exposure to specific areas of health law through coursework in public health law, health care transactions, FDA law and policy and health care finance truly distinguish SLU health law graduates as those who have a far greater working knowledge of health care law than general law graduates.
What was your most valuable experience at SLU LAW and how has this experience helped you in your career path?
One of my most valuable and memorable experiences at SLU LAW was participating in the Health Law Transactional Competition. Six students were selected from the health law program to represent the law school at a health law competition held at Loyola University in Chicago. This unique experience allowed me to gain practical, team-based experience researching, analyzing, drafting and presenting to an acting Board of a hospital struggling to stay alive in a competitive health care environment while simultaneously taking advantage of incentives under the Affordable Care Act to integrate, collaborate and coordinate with other providers. We were forced to apply classroom knowledge to a real life problem and present creative recommendations that the hospital could consider in determining its most effective option.
What advice would you give to students beginning their legal career at SLU LAW?
Try to take advantage of all the unique opportunities SLU’s well-acclaimed health law program offers. Connect with alumni working in firms and other organizations you have interest in. Learn as much as you can through relevant coursework so that you have a solid foundation of health law knowledge to be a valuable addition to whatever organization you end up at.