By Lana Lawson, McKinney 2L
The Breakfast with the Bar: Careers in Health Law was a very insightful event. The breakfast proved to be an opportunity to present to students that health law overlaps with several other areas of law. The attorneys presented juxtaposing views about careers in health law and how they started in their current roles. Some attorneys had experience in areas such as fraud and abuse, while others held experience in compliance with governmental agencies and transactional work.
Although the areas of practice were vast among the attorneys, all agreed on one simple statement: health law is interconnected with every aspect of the law. Thus, whether you are interested in becoming a lobbyist or a litigator, you can practice in health law. Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act, health law attorney roles have become prominent for a lot of businesses. Ms. Patty Hebenstreit, MDWise Inc., stated “MDWise had to create commercial plans to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.” Hence, one must think about a transactional attorney who may have drafted those contracts in assistance to MDWise.
If a law student were to take a moment to look at a health law firm, some practice areas of law include but are not limited to: academic medicine, complex litigation, employee benefits, government relations & health policy, and intellectual property. Hence, if you are interested in health law, you are in a good field to learn about several aspects of law.
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