National Trend: Demand for Health Law Lawyers Remains High


The demand for lawyers who know the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act promises to remain high, which bodes well for law students with an interest in the field of health care law. The trend is noted in the article titled “Want a Law Job? Learn the Health-Care Act” in the June 16 issue of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

“While the recession has made work scarce in many legal fields, the Affordable Care Act will ensure that health care law continues to show strong growth,” said Professor David Orentlicher, co-director of IU McKinney’s Hall Center for Law and Health. “The Act's hundreds of pages raise many important and complicated legal questions for physicians, hospitals, employers and other participants in the delivery of health care. All of these stakeholders will be turning frequently to legal counsel for advice over the coming years.”

Orentlicher’s comments are echoed in the WSJ story, which noted “Health-care companies racing to comply with the Affordable Care Act and other rules are calling in the lawyers, sparking a mini-boom for specialist attorneys who can backstop overloaded internal teams and steer clients through an increasingly crowded regulatory minefiled” and “Compliance isn't the only concern. Some pieces of the Affordable Care Act will also shift how hospitals and insurers do business--generating more work for attorneys needed to structure deals and contracts.”

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