Laura Zhang

Scholar Justice Center Student Advisory Board Disability / Health / Education Legal Aid
Class of 2026

"I'm excited to learn along with fellow students at the Justice Center who are just as passionate about public interest work as I am. It's a very secure feeling knowing that even though I'm coming into a whole new chapter of my life, there will be Justice Center peers, faculty, and staff who will support and encourage me along the way and provide a 'home' to come back to during this journey."

Laura Zhang is a member of the Texas Health Law Society and the Women's Law Caucus and volunteers as a team lead for the Mithoff Pro Bono Program's Title IX Project. Through the project, law students serve as advisors to parties involved in disciplinary proceedings that allege conduct such as sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination. The summer after her 1L year, Laura will work for the Fraud Section in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and Legal Aid of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Laura graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with degrees in Plan II Honors and Neuroscience and a certificate in Art History. After graduating from college, she worked in Dallas and Washington, D.C. as a health strategy consultant for Accenture. In that role, she collaborated with the nation’s largest healthcare payers and providers to advance their growth and equity initiatives. Some of her experience includes analyzing financial and public data to assess market growth, conducting due diligence, and driving awareness of the impact of race and racism on healthcare access.

Zhang is passionate about health equity and social determinants of health, particularly at the intersections of housing, women’s health, and the carceral system. She is interested in working in direct legal services in a medical-legal partnership and exploring regulatory and compliance law in healthcare.