A hands-on approach

Yunge Li studies health care and compliance law to better serve patients

Yunge Li wasn’t sure if she wanted to go to law school. So to test the waters, she worked as a legal assistant to a senior partner at ​Denton’s office in Beijing, China. “I enjoyed being challenged and pushing myself to learn new things every day,” she says. “I thought, if I can survive working as an intern ​in big law, I can survive law school.”

Yunge grew up in a small town in southern China and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in England. At Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Yunge balances classroom and real-world experience while she studies health care and compliance law. She’s drawn to the quick, ever-shifting aspects of working in a law firm. “If I’m not receiving new information and knowledge every day, I get really anxious,” she says. “It makes me comfortable, working in such a fast-paced environment.”

“It’s quite a rewarding experience—being an attorney in the health care industry—because you’re in a position to advise your leadership team to better serve patients.”

When Yunge took an introductory course in health care compliance, she was already working as a privacy intern at Walgreens. During her time there, she researched the California Consumer Privacy Act, working with attorneys to interpret regulations and research business implications. “Learning about a theory from the course and reflecting it back to what I’ve done [at Walgreens] is really interesting,” she says. “It helps me to reflect back to how you actually put those policies and theories and regulations into practice.” 

Yunge’s work at Walgreens delved into data privacy and health care compliance—both crucial fields in the growing health care industry. At Loyola, she’s pursuing certificates in Health Law and Compliance Studies. “Loyola has a nationally recognized health law program, so it was a natural transition for me to focus on health law,” she says. “My goal is to be able to counsel on matters related to health care regulatory compliance and privacy and data security after graduation.”

In 2020, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) elected Yunge president. She plans to strengthen the ties between academic and hands-on experiences by promoting Chicago events, internships, volunteer opportunities, and scholarships to the group. Over the summer, she interned at ​Tempus Lab, providing research support on privacy matters and conducting basic contract review. “It’s quite a rewarding experience—being an attorney in the health care industry—because you’re in a position to advise your leadership team to better serve patients,” she says. --Megan Kirby


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Nationally recognized as a leading center devoted to the study of health care law, Loyola’s Beazley Institute educates health law leaders and policymakers through a curriculum grounded in transactional, regulatory, life science, and public health and policy issues.  The program supports the JD certificate in health law, Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law, Master of Laws in Health Law. It also creates networking, symposia, clinician, and research opportunities for students. Learn More