Tips for UCH Students

The Consortium is here to help students and alumni navigate a future career in law related to health and sciences.  Here are some helpful tips to get you started in the right direction:


Come talk to us!

Come talk to us about your interests in the law and health sciences. We can help you think through course selection, internships, and other opportunities. Review our health law careers page to get a sense of the many different practice areas of health law.


Get involved on campus

Classes/Concentration

Increase your expertise on a wide variety of fascinating topics at the intersection of law and health sciences. For more information on relevant UC Hastings classes, click here.

At UCSF: UC Hastings students can receive up to 6 units of credit for courses taken at UCSF. For more information on relevant UCSF courses, click here.

You can declare at any time and the process is easy. Visit with the Concentration Advisor, Professor Weithorn, to learn more about requirements and benefits of becoming a concentrator. Information is also available in the Course
Catalog.

Clinics

UC Hastings has a number of wonderful clinical opportunities that provide students with excellent training and hands‐on experience with clients. For example, the Medical‐Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS) clinic is of particular interest to law and health sciences students. Students provide free legal assistance to low‐income patients at a UCSF clinic. For more information about clinics at Hastings, click here.

Student Organizations

Becoming a member of student organizations or other groups is a great way to network and learn about careers in this field. At UC Hastings, consider joining the Hastings Health Law Organization (HHLO), Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), or Hastings Intellectual Property Organization (IPO), among other groups. Other organizations such as the American Health Lawyers Association and the California Society of Health Law Attorneys offer student membership programs that link students to practicing attorneys.


Get involved off campus

Internships

Keep tabs on the Consortium Job Board for opportunities. Internships are a great to build both experience and connections in organizations that you are intersted in.

Externships

The Consortium acts as a resource for UC Hastings students interested in health and science-related externships.

Externships are closely-supervised and structured work opportunities that students may participate in for credit instead of pay. Students must enroll in an externship opportunity the same way they would enroll in all other classes. Students are eligible to enroll in an externship beginning in the spring of their 2L year.

For more information about externships related to health and science, please contact Consortium faculty.

For general information about the Legal Externship Program at UC Hastings, including enrollment procedures, please contact Nancy Stuart

Mentorships

If you are interested in mentorship, please contact:

Louise Francis, Alumni Mentor Program Director