Health Law LL.M. Careers
Health law LL.M. students receive highly individualized attention with respect to their career planning and job search. The Health Law LL.M. program has its own dedicated career counselor, Kathleen Lemly. Ms. Lemly, a licensed attorney who practiced for a number of years in Seattle, has a wealth of contacts in the health law field.
Students will receive advice in the areas where they need support. Ms. Lemly will help each student develop a marketing strategy that capitalizes on their particular strengths and skills. Counseling also includes information about the options in the specific area of health law that the student is interested in and when appropriate, introductions to individual attorneys.
Ms. Lemly promotes our LL.M. students, individually and as a group to employers, seeking and passing along employment opportunities. She also works closely with our Student Health Law Organization to organize job panels and with the Washington State Association of Healthcare Attorneys on events that provide our students with opportunities to meet lawyers working in health care. We encourage and support our students’ attendance at events sponsored by the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, the annual GlobalWA conference, and the Western Regional International Health Conference.
Externships and Internships
Prior to the arrival of incoming students, Ms. Lemly contacts each student to start a conversation regarding an externship or internship that relates to the student’s interests and strengths. U.W. Law has relationships with numerous organizations that host its health law students for a quarter during the school year. During an externship or “practicum”, a student works for course credits under the guidance of an experienced supervising attorney to gain practical legal experience. Internships, by contrast, are generally compensated and require more independent legal work but do not qualify for school credit.
We add new extern and intern host organizations to our list every year as Ms. Lemly seeks to provide options that fit the specific professional interests of each student. Organizations that have hosted our students recently include:
- Seattle Bio-Medical Institute
- Washington State Hospital Association
- University of Washington Center for Patient Care Quality and Safety
- MultiCare Health System
- Group Health Cooperative
- The Polyclinic
- Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - Risk Management Department
- University of Washington Medical School – Dean’s Office for Special Business Projects
- Northwest Health Law Advocates
- Northwest Immigrants’ Rights project
- Legal Voice
- Delta Dental
- Quorum Review IRB Services
- Uplift International
- University of Washington Hospital Department of Laboratory Medicine
Students can receive up to six hours of course credits for externship work and make invaluable professional contacts while doing an externship or internship. Please note that if you are an international student and want to sit for the New York or Washington bar exam, you will have to take certain classes required by that state’s bar association and may not have time in your schedule for an externship unless you extend your academic year by additional quarters.
Center for Professional and Leadership Development
The Law School’s Center for Professional and Leadership Development offers career workshops and other
training events on subjects like networking and job-search strategies to all students,
including LL.M. students. The Center’s website provides a wealth of job seeking
information, including sample resumes and cover letters.