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Her introduction to transactional law was a “lightning in a bottle” moment for Christine Wahr JD/MPH ’13.

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

After a co-op abroad, she came back to Northeastern and enrolled in Transactional Drafting Seminar and 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.

Today, at McDermott, Will & Emery in Boston, she concentrates her practice on IP licensing and technology transfer in the life sciences and high-tech space as well as data privacy and general health law and regulatory work. She calls the blend of the dual-degree program and co-op “the perfect marriage of education and experience” that led her to a dynamic career.

Co-op 1

Fulton County Superior Court, Atlanta

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


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


National Health Law Moot Court Competition

Co-op 2

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

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


  • 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 3

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.


  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health Policy
  • Healthcare Budgeting and Management

Co-op 4

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


Associate, McDermott Will & Emery, Boston


A perceptive advocate for her clients who thinks creatively and strategically.