Externships provide law students with opportunities to practice law by doing legal work in tandem with an attorney or judge mentor in private law firms, courts, corporations, government agencies, and other settings. While earning academic credit, the student will interview and counsel clients, do legal research, draft memoranda and other legal documents, conduct factual investigation, and, at times, advocate in court as a certified student attorney.
Concurrently, the law student also participates in classroom sessions with peers in externships in similar legal disciplines. I will be facilitating these small group sessions for students in health law externships. These sessions will give you opportunities to discuss your experiences and expand your understanding of the challenges inherent in a legal career. You also complete a series of reflective assignments to support this learning and further integrate the "theory-to-practice" goals of externships.
AHLA Health Law Curriculum Manual
In this survey of hundreds of experienced healthcare law professionals, a repeated theme was the value of an externship or practicum course in health law.
"Respondents resoundingly supported externships and practicum courses. In fact, 73.8% of respondents felt that students who participated in externships, clinics, Moot Court, and similar opportunities were better prepared for health law positions than students who participated in more general law school activities."