Health Law LLM students receive individualized and focused assistance in their career planning process and job search. The program’s career counselor, Kathleen Lemly, a licensed attorney who practiced at a large firm in Seattle, is well known in the Seattle area health law community. Lemly helps students pursue their career goals and connects them with attorneys in their particular area of interest. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the program’s many contacts and participate in practicums or internships at local health law organizations.

Career Counseling

Each student will receive personalized career counseling. Depending on the student’s needs, counseling may start with work on résumés and cover letters or focus on networking and introductions. U.S.-based students will often receive assistance applying for a practicum. Career support capitalizes on the particular strengths, interests and marketability of the student. Counseling will also include insights into the health law employment market and preparation for making the most of attendance at local health law conferences.

Practicums and Internships

The Health Law LLM has relationships with many of the leading hospitals, nonprofits and other health law organizations in the Seattle metropolitan area. During a practicum, a student receives school credits while gaining practical legal experience under the guidance of an experienced supervising attorney. An internship is similar in nature except students are paid for their work and the hours do not qualify for school credit. Our Health Law LLM students are highly regarded in the community and organizations often host our health law students for a quarter or more during the school year.

Students make excellent connections and usually obtain strong local references as a result of their work. Externships and internships help students build their résumés as well as their practical skills and knowledge

Organizations that have recently hosted our students include:

  • PATH
  • Washington State Hospital Association
  • MultiCare Health Systems
  • Kaiser Permanente (previously Group Health Cooperative)
  • State of Washington Attorney General’s Health Care Unit
  • The Polyclinic
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance — Risk Management Department
  • State of Washington’s Attorney General’s Office — Health Law Unit
  • Fred Hutchison Cancer Center
  • Northwest Health Law Advocates
  • Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • Legal Voice
  • Landesa
  • Quorum Review IRB
  • University of Washington Hospital’s Medical Compliance Office

Students receive one hour of school credit for each thirty hours of work and can receive a maximum of 6 credit hours, which allows them to work up to 180 hours. Some of our strongest students complete practicums for two different organizations during the course of an academic year.

UW Student Health Law Association

The Health Law LLM program works closely with our Student Health Law Organization (SHLO) to organize health law job panels and other events. LLM students are encouraged to participate in the opportunities offered by SHLO and to meet and work with our JD students who are also pursuing health law careers.

Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys

The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA) is the primary organization of health law attorneys in the Northwest. Students are encouraged to attend the association’s two large legal education conferences each year. The Health Law LLM program hosts WSSHA’s spring conference at the law school each year. These conferences provide students with the chance to learn from leading practitioners as well as an unparalleled opportunity to meet health care attorneys. Students will also participate in networking receptions where health law faculty and staff will facilitate helpful introductions. Students may also attend WSSHA’s quarterly seminars in between conferences.

Global Health Law Events

Students interested in global health law are supported and encouraged to attend the annual GlobalWA conference held here in Seattle. At the GlobalWA conference, students will meet members of the Seattle global health community and hear speakers from around the world address topics of interest in the field. Another conference that may be of interest is the Western Regional International Health Conference. In addition, UW Law hosts a weekly lunchtime speaker through the Global Mondays series.

UW Law Career Services

UW Law’s Student and Career Services offers career workshops and other training events on subjects like résumés, cover letters, networking and job-search strategies to all students. The Student and Career Services’ website provides a wealth of job seeking information, including sample résumés and cover letters.