We invited SLU LAW students with summer internships to share their experiences with us throughout the summer as part of a blog series called "Show Us Your Summer." This week, we hear from rising 3L Jeanne Marie Evans.
As a health law student, seeing a post on Symplicity for a summer associate position at the Cleveland Clinic was not an opportunity I could pass up. The Cleveland Clinic is one of the best and most renowned hospitals in the United States, and, arguably, the world. I came to SLU for its top-ranked health law program and working in-house at a major health system was always something I hoped to pursue in the future. I interviewed with the summer associate committee via webcam, and the interview went very well—despite the fact that the lights turned off on my end halfway through! When I received my offer to join the law department’s summer associate program, I accepted immediately.
Moving to Cleveland for the summer was definitely a bit nerve-wracking since I had never been to the city before, but now that I am in my fifth week of the program I can easily say that it was well worth giving it a try. The Cleveland Clinic is a phenomenal organization, and the summer associate program is amazing. I am so proud to be a part of both. The Cleveland Clinic’s law department has about 30 attorneys and many more paralegals and support staff. Everyone has been so welcoming and made me feel comfortable and at ease immediately.
In terms of work, being in-house at a major health system means that the projects and assignments encompass just about everything you can think of. I’ve worked on everything from litigation to contracts to real estate—all in a health law context. As most of my coursework at SLU LAW has had a regulatory focus, I have done a lot of work in that area as well, and I have been pleasantly surprised how well prepared I was for a lot of my projects based on what I learned in my coursework at SLU LAW.
The summer associate program has been just as great as the work itself. The program consists of myself and one other law student. Like many summer associate programs, the law department has organized many fun events for us, including happy hours, baseball games, and visits to museums and other local attractions. If that weren’t enough, the law department has put its own “Cleveland Clinic” twist on its summer associate program. It has arranged for the summer associates to attend many events and meetings at the Cleveland Clinic such as IRB meetings, Board of Trustee meetings, and ombudsmen meetings.
One of the most amazing experiences at the Cleveland Clinic was viewing a surgery. Even though I work in the law department, I was given the opportunity to “scrub in” on and observe a heart surgery! Don’t worry—I just watched! I am clearly not qualified to actually touch a patient. And I am pleased to report that I made it through the entire four-hour-long surgery without fainting or even feeling queasy. But being able to observe one of the world’s top heart surgeons perform a thoracotomy at the nation’s No. 1-ranked heart hospital is one of the most incredible things I have ever done.
So far, my time at the Cleveland Clinic has been even better than I expected. It has been filled with challenging work, friendly people, and once in a lifetime opportunities. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!
Show Us Your Summer