Since health care law is a legal subspecialty, recent law school graduates must have the right combination of education and experience to secure employment in the field. As the premier health law program in the country, SLU LAW's Center for Health Law Studies recognizes that educational experiences in health law must exist both in and out of the classroom. The Health Law Semester in Washington, D.C. provides these experiences.
The health care industry is highly regulated, with substantial regulation occurring at the federal level. In Washington, D.C. law students clerk in a health-related federal agency on a nearly full time basis for an entire semester. Additionally, students enroll in a complementary 2-credit course, Health Law Agency Practice, addressing both professional responsibility issues that arise in agency practice and advanced topics in administrative law. Students earn a total of 14 credits through this combination of experiential and course work. Students also gain significant practical experience working with complex health care regulations and begin building a network of contacts within the federal government and in Washington, D.C. in particular.
The Health Law Semester in D.C. Program relies on licensed practitioners employed at the federal agencies where students are placed to act as the supervising attorneys. The supervising attorney will oversee the student's work, assuring that it serves both the educational purpose of the placement and the agency's needs. The Health Law Semester in D.C. Program also provides an additional layer of professional and career support by matching each student in the Program with a D.C.-based mentor. Mentors are selected from SLU Law alumni working in Washington, D.C.
Placements have included:
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Quality and Safety
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Counsel to the Inspector General
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of General Counsel, Public Health Division
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of General Counsel
- U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
- Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Health Care Division
For more information or questions about the Center for Health Law Studies and the Health Law Semester in D.C., contact Professor Amy Sanders by e-mail or at (314) 977-8176.