Description:
The University of Maryland Medical System is a 12-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. UMMS and its affiliates have 18,000 employees, approximately 2,300 licensed beds, over 120,000 annual patient admissions and gross patient revenues of $3 billion. Additionally, the Medical System generates nearly $3.5 billion in economic activity in Maryland.

University of Maryland Medical System - Office of the General Counsel

Externship/Clerkship
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) seeks motivated, self-directed second and third year law students with a demonstrated interest in healthcare law and a desire to experience first-hand, the demands, responsibilities, and rewards of serving as in-house counsel to a large academic medical institution and multi-hospital medical system, which is distinct from the role of outside legal counsel. A grade point average of 3.0 or better is required.

UMMS OGC provides legal counsel to all fully-affiliated UMMS hospitals across the state and aims to provide legal guidance in a consistent “system-wide” approach, while allowing for recognition of each individual hospital’s unique situations. UMMS and its hospitals are health care entities, but they are also corporations. Therefore, OGC is not only faced with healthcare related legal issues, but also a multitude and wide spectrum of issues that confront any non-profit corporation. As a result, it is the OGC’s expectation that each legal intern will gain experience in a wide range of legal issues, under the supervision of the Associate Counsel’s within OGC.
  • Physician Contracting: Students will draft physician contracts (i.e. employment agreements, leases of medical offices, etc.) and other contracts involving physicians. As part of the drafting process, Students will gain experience identifying and analyzing a wide range of regulatory compliance issues associated with physician contracts and other contracts involving physicians.
  • Corporate Vendor Contracts: Students will review and provide feedback and revisions to Master Purchase Agreements for Software, Goods or Services relating to issues such as indemnification, warranty, and limitation of liability.
  • Research: Students will research a multitude of legal issues, including, but not limited to: the privacy, security, retention, disclosure and destruction of medical records; medical staff matters; Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement; non-profit corporation issues; health care decision-making; guardianship; employment/immigration issues; corporate structure; and informed consent.
  • Meetings: At the discretion of the supervising attorney, students may attend meetings at various hospitals, depositions, medical staff hearings, and other meetings that may arise in the normal course of business.
  • Client Relations: Students will develop skills in client relations and communications through observation and interaction with the UMMS hospitals under the supervision of the supervising attorney.

What You Need to Be Successful:
  • Actively enrolled in a Juris Doctorate program at an ABA accredited law school
  • Cummulative GPA 3.0 or better
  • Have completed at least 1 year of law school (2L, 3L, 2E, 3E)

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