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This externship will provide students with the unique experience of the application of law, legal principles and legal analysis at a public, post-secondary educational and academic medical institution. The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) advises the administration, faculty, staff and student leaders on legal matters pertaining to the University and UK HealthCare, while striving to minimize the legal risk and liabilities facing the institution.

The OLC is comprised of two offices, one on central main campus and one in the medical center. The OLC provides a wide range of legal services including risk and liability evaluation and prevention, advice on the legal implications of proposed policies and actions, counsel on compliance with state and federal laws and administrative regulations, counsel on clinical enterprise matters including healthcare law and healthcare institutions, regulatory issues, drafting or reviewing of University contracts and coordination of the University’s real, personal, and intellectual property issues.

The extern will be required to complete 100 hours of work per semester. The extern will engage in a variety of activities, including research, analysis and writing on legal issues that arise in a higher-education context; attending administrative proceedings and University committee meetings with counsel; participation in the preparation of materials needed to respond to open records requests and OLC Legal 101 training sessions (and attending the training session); and participation in OLC staff meetings as appropriate. The extern’s activities will be supervised by counsel. Enrollment is limited to two students and is by application only.