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September 10, 2014

Northwestern MSL students

by Dan Rodriguez

Along with our entering JD and LLM students, we welcome a new group of students to Northwestern Law School:  the inaugural class of our new Master of Science in Law (MSL) program.   These students are scientists, engineers, and medical professionals who will study the foundations of law and regulation in a one-year program that focuses on intellectual property & patent law, regulatory analysis & strategy, and business law & entrepreneurship.  The 30 members of our MSL entering class come from a diverse mix of backgrounds and interests – all share in common that they want to combine their technical expertise with legal and business skills so that they can work effectively at the interface of law, business, and technology/science.

In the days/weeks ahead, I will share more about the MSL program and the innovative curriculum we are providing to MSL students.  For now, though, I wanted to give you a sense of who are the students in the MSL program – the trailblazing souls who will set the tone for the MSL program for years to come.

By the numbers:

30 students

18 full-time and 12 part-time students

15 women and 15 men

Average age: 30

50% have advanced degrees, with 4 PhDs, 1 PharmD

One-third from life sciences, one-third from engineering, last third split between medicine, chemistry, and technology.

Two-thirds have work experience after their undergraduate or advanced degrees.

Two-thirds are from US; one-third are international students, representing China, India, and Mexico.

 

To give you a better sense of who is in the MSL program, let me detail the backgrounds of some of our MSL students here:

  • A patent agent who did her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering and has been working as a patent agent for the past 8 years.
  • A research scientist at Northwestern who an MS in Immunology & Microbiology from Rush University.
  • A recent undergraduate from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering who studied Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology and is interested in management consulting and private equity.
  • A student who just finished his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Iowa and is interested in becoming a scientific advisor or technical specialist.
  • A recent undergraduate from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, who studied Software Engineering and did an internship at eBay.
  • A student who graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in integrative biology who is interested in public health and the future of health care and medicine.
  • A research assistant professor at the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute who has his PhD in Neurobiology.
  • A student who recently earned his Master’s in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Illinois who wants to design, engineer, and construct super insulated buildings.
  • A student who earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering in Mexico and wants to start his own medical device company
  • A student from India with a BS and MS is Biotechnology who wants to help researchers avoid legal obstacles surrounding their discoveries and inventions.
  • A pharmacist who would like to work in the pharmaceutical industry and be involved with the process of making medications available to the public.
  • A person with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A & M who has been working as a Safety & Regulatory Engineer.
  • A student with a master’s degree in Urban Planning & Policy, who is a legal operations manager at a technology company.
  • A data assistant at Northwestern University who is interested in becoming more involved with scientific research and grant administration.
  • A student who started his own software company and has earned degrees in Product Design and Development and Values-Driven Leadership.
  • A lab manager at the Lurie Cancer Center who has an MS in Biotechnology from Rush University.
  • A Histology Technologist in the Pathology Core Facility at Northwestern.
  • A Post-Approval Monitoring Coordinator in an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • A consultant with an MBA and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.
  • A PhD in Neuroscience who is a compliance analyst in a University Conflict of Interest office.
  • A Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist at a construction products company with an undergraduate degree in Biology.

One thing that these students have told us is that the program really “hit the spot” for them – these are people interested in the intersection of law, business, and technology who are happy to have found a program that is specifically tailored to their exact interests.  We are happy that these students found their way to our program and look forward to a productive and exciting year with them.

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