Christine Wahr JD/MPH ’13

Northeastern helped me discover how I wanted to practice law.

Christine Wahr JD/MPH ’13

“I came to law school because I wanted to make an impact, but I wasn’t sure how,” recalls Christine Wahr. Interested in health care, she chose Northeastern for the public health dual-degree with Tufts University School of Medicine as well as the co-op program.

After a co-op abroad, Christine came back to Northeastern and enrolled in a transactional drafting seminar and a course on negotiation, which was a turning point for her: “I enjoyed the interactive problem solving that challenged me to think creatively.” Christine completed her final co-op at a pharmaceutical company, which merged her interests in health, technology and transactional law.

Christine calls the blend of the dual-degree program and co-op “the perfect marriage of education and experience” that led her to join a big law firm after graduating from Northeastern and now at Foundation Medicine, a world-leading molecular insights company. “Northeastern helped me discover how I wanted to practice law,” she explains.

Co-op

Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta, Georgia

Christine worked as a judicial intern, conducting research, writing bench memoranda and drafting orders on various civil matters.

Activities
  • Domestic Violence Institute
  • Health Law Society
  • International Law Society
Participant

National Health Law Moot Court Competition

Co-op

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Health Care Division, Boston, Massachusetts

Christine researched and wrote legal memoranda on health law issues, including HIPAA, healthcare payment reform, and unfair and deceptive health insurance practices.

Electives
  • Bioproperty
  • Corporations
  • Negotiation
  • Transactional Drafting Seminar
Research Assistant

Due Diligence Project, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

Christine worked on a research-advocacy project that aims to add content to the international legal principle of due diligence in the context of state responsibility to end violence against women.

Co-op

Partners for Law in Development, New Delhi, India

Christine drafted a series of policy reports on legal obstacles to redress for victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

MPH Courses at Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health Policy
  • Healthcare Budgeting and Management
Co-op

Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Christine honed her legal writing and transactional law skills, drafting regional informed consent form templates, clinical trial agreement negotiation processes, and editing technology development agreements.

After Graduation

Associate, Mintz Levin, Boston, Massachusetts

Now

Senior Corporate Counsel, Foundation Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

Result

An attorney with a healthy approach to strategic thinking.