Radhika Vemula, LL.M. ’08: Attorney, Kennedy, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, Dallas, Texas
Working in the fashion industry for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York City certainly was an exciting time for Radhika Vemula, with Sex and the City filming in the streets and George Clooney and Tom Cruise stopping by for fittings. “But I’m a practical person, and practicality trumped that career option,” says Vemula.
Instead of building a career in fashion, Vemula earned her J.D. from Oklahoma City University and then enrolled at Seton Hall Law to obtain her LL.M. in Health Law. The daughter of a physician, she wanted to be part of improving the regulatory environment for health care providers.
The LL.M. from Seton Hall Law gave Radhika the competitive advantage to find just that sort of position, in Texas, where she could be close to her family. An attorney with the health law boutique firm Kennedy, Attorneys & Counselors at Law in Dallas, Radhika is part of a legal team whose practice focuses on legal and regulatory issues affecting health care providers.
Having spent time in the New York area, she had met several people who graduated from Seton Hall Law. “They all spoke highly of the Law School and its nationally ranked health law program, so I knew that’s where I wanted to earn my LL.M.,” says Vemula. The program provided her with the critical training she needed to focus on health law. “The fraud and abuse courses gave me a real edge and significantly reduced my learning curve,” she explains. “Plus, my LL.M. made it much easier for me to get my foot in the door. Not only was I offered several interviews, I was able to find a health law position within two months of graduation,” she recalls.
Vemula’s thesis on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act also allowed her to develop an area of expertise she has written on several times. Currently, she is working on an article for Texas Medicine magazine. “The LL.M. program not only provided me with a strong foundation, it allowed me to learn the unique language of health law so I could succeed and have an impact,” says Vemula.