Welcome Law Students

Food for Thought

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom. Sandra Day O'Connor, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Why Health Law?

Health law can be a challenging, satisfying and influential career path for attorneys choosing it as a specialty. As a critical component to the efficient and fair delivery of healthcare within the industry, healthcare attorneys enjoy long, stable careers working for a single employer or for a government entity. In addition to the law, healthcare lawyers gain an understanding of key issues in science, medicine and ethics. Now more than ever, with a world pandemic and so many questions about what the future will bring, health law will continue to be vital and rewarding area of the law giving you the opportunity to advocate for regulations and laws that affect everyone and to influence how our society gives and receives healthcare. For lawyers passionate about public health, you can contribute to the public welfare by advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

By Jesse Hale, Chair, ABA Health Law Section Subcommittee on Law Student Outreach, Sutin Thayer & Browne (Albuquerque, NM)

Welcome to the ABA Health Law Section Law Student Interest Group

Hi everyone, my name is Emely Sanchez and I am the Law Student Liaison for the Health Law Section. I am a 3L at the University of Miami School of Law and have an MPH from their School of Medicine.

The Law Student Interest Group (IG) made its debut in January 2021 to bring together law students and health law student organizations across the country. Through our IG, we can create events, share opportunities, and advocate for law students interested in health law and the Health Law Section.

Beginning this summer 2021, we will be creating opportunities for student leadership to participate in our IG at various levels. We hope to have a diverse pool of represenation in our IG from law schools across the country.  We expect that more information about these opportunities will be posted to our CONNECT community in June, 2021.

What is CONNECT?

The Health Law Section Law Student CONNECT community is a secure, private community platform that empowers us to engage in meaningful discussions about student life, law school, and our future roles in the legal healthcare industry.

To join our healthcare law student CONNECT community, membership in the ABA and the Health Law Section is a pre-requisite to membership in the Law Student Interest Group.  As a law student, membership in the ABA, the Section, and the Interest Group are all free.

Welcome Law School Organizations

We encourage Health Law Student Organizations to update their contact information by designating or creating a role within your executive board that will continuously engage with the ABA and inform your members of events and opportunities 

Looking ahead,  our IG will serve as a source for collaborative virtual events organized by student organizations, opportunities to network with practicing attorneys, and student-specific programming. 

Upcoming Events

Learn about Health Law Section events and announce your law school health law organization events on the Section's  Law Student CONNECT community.

  • September 23-25, 2021 (virtual) – Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Conference
  • December 6-7, 2021 – 19th Annual Washington Health Law Summit 
  • March 2022 -- Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law (details to be released in Fall 2021)

Membership in the ABA and the Health Law Section is a pre-requisite to membership in the Law Student Interest Group.  

Legal Beagle Health Law Student Newsletter

In a time of uncertainties, many law students are wondering what the future will bring after they have invested so much in their legal education. The Health Law Section is here for you and is re-launching the Legal Beagle, a newsletter specifically for law students.  With this newsletter, we want to send you useful resources, interesting and timely articles, invitations to webinars, CLE opportunities, and (for the time being) virtual events. 

Job Board and Career Planning Resources

Well-Being in a Time of COVID-19

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Global pandemic. World Health Organization (WHO). State of emergency. Shortage of test kits, medical supplies, hospital beds, and healthcare professionals. Shelter-in-place orders. Business and school closures. Social distancing. Hand sanitizer. Toilet paper. And the list continues. These alarming headlines trigger our flight-or-fight response dating back to our survival instincts as early humans. Tell me more

by Alexandria Hien McCombs, Section Immediate Past Chair, (Dallas, TX) -- March 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information

Articles of Interest

First law firm owned entirely by nonlawyers opens in Utah -- By Debra Cassen Weiss -- ABA Journal Weekly -- March 17, 2021

Justice Thomas goes rogue on the Bluebook with 'cleaned up' citation—to the delight of appellate lawyers -- By Debra Cassen Weiss – ABA Journal Weekly – March 15, 2021

More people are applying to law schools, and those with top LSAT scores are also increasing-- by Debra Cassen Weiss -- ABA Journal Weekly -- March 8, 2021

Law student using American Sign Language wins 4th Circuit appeal -- by Stephanie Francis Ward -- ABA Journal Weekly -- March 4, 2021

The death of a lawyer: A journey from law school to retirement -- by Douglas Halpert -- ABA Journal Weekly -- March 2, 2021

4 more law schools found to be in compliance with ABA's new bar passage standard -- by Stephanie Francis Ward (ABA Journal Weekly) March 1, 2021

Jayne Reardon is changing the practice of law by promoting civility and looking toward the future -- by Stephanie Francis Ward -- ABA Journal - Legal Rebels -- February 1, 2021