Q & A with Andrew
Why did you choose the externship program?
I chose to work with one of the clinics I wanted a more practical learning experience. I've always been a hands-on learner, and I jumped at the first chance to get out of the classroom and into the work environment. I chose the health law externship program in particular because I'm pursuing a health law concentration, and because my placement would help me round out my work experience throughout the health care industry.
What was your externship placement, and what was your role there?
I worked as a legal intern at a hospital's office of general counsel. I received assignments from a number of different attorneys in the office, and my responsibilities varied on a daily basis. Most of my work consisted of researching memorandums, regulatory compliance analyses, drafting contracts, and reviewing internal bylaws.
What was the most memorable experience in your placement, and why?
My most memorable experience was actually a month-long series of meetings regarding the implementation of Electronic Health Records within and between the hospital networks. It was fascinating to watch the interplay of health care law with business, IT, security, and privacy variables. Being a fly on the wall for that experience opened my eyes to some of the realities behind running a hospital and the obstacles facing the implementation of health care initiatives.
What did you gain by participating in the program?
I gained practical experience, a new network of connections, and a whole new perception of health care law from an angle I had not yet experienced: the large academic medical center perspective.
What are your plans after BU Law?
I will be working at Brown Rudnick, LLP, in the corporate department. Hopefully I will be able to work on some health care clients as well.
What advice would you give to incoming students curious about the clinical programs?
I would say absolutely go for it! If you are a practical learner, or you just want to get your feet wet about a job you think you might like, it is well worth the experience!