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Record Number of Students in Health Law Externships

This spring, the Law & Health Care Program is supervising a record number of students in health law externships. Twenty-three students are working in various federal, state, advocacy and in-house placements, not including students in state and federal legislative placements through Maryland Carey Law’s Legislative Externship Program. Among the students’ field placements this semester are:

  • DHHS, Public Health Division, Office of the General Counsel
  • DHHS, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Chief Counsel
  • FDA Office of Regulatory Policy
  • Maryland Attorney General, Office of Health Care Quality
  • Food and Water Watch
  • FDA, Office of Drug Security, Integrity, and Recalls
  • Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Johns Hopkins Medical System, Office of the In-house Counsel
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Fraud Division
  • Maryland Attorney General, Health Occupations Boards Prosecution Division

Health law externship students typically work 2 full days a week in their placement and enroll in the Health Law Practice Workshop, a tutorial component of the externship program that Professors Diane Hoffmann and Karen Rothenberg created over 20 years ago to meet the American Bar Association’s “Study Outside the Classroom” requirements.

Professor Hoffmann, director of the Law & Healthcare Program wrote about the history and structure of the course in a Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics article 

The course allows health law students to share their experiences, hear from practitioners in different fields of law who prepare representative case studies for the students, and to start making the transition from law school to health law practice.

This semester’s large group of externs are “working in placements that run the gamut from litigation to advocacy, to regulation, to in-house work,” noted Virginia Rowthorn, director of the Health Law Externship Program.

“This range of placements represents the broad reach of the health law field and the different employment opportunities students can explore after graduation.”


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