Meet our Students

  • Ben Ben
    BS, Information Systems
  • Chantel Chantel
    BA, Biochemistry
  • Francisco Francisco
    BS, Chemical Engineering
  • Ying Ying
    BS, Material Science
  • Luca Luca
    BSE, Industrial & Operations Engineering
  • Rana Rana
    BS, Systems Engineering
  • Teruki Teruki
    PhD, Applied Biosciences; BS, Bio-Resource Science
  • Denise Denise
    BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Minor in Chemistry
  • Kat Kat
    BS, Kinesiology
  • Javier Javier
    PhD, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; BS, Biochemistry
  • Cheyenne Cheyenne
    BS, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Concentration in Supply Chain Engineering
  • Shobit Shobhit
    PhD, Chemical Engineering; BTech, Chemical Engineering 

Ben

Ben

MSL Degree Format: Part-Time Residential

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Degrees Earned:  BS, Information Systems

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
My decision was not based on pursuing the MSL as a continuation of my academic journey, but rather a very deliberate move towards advancing my already well-established career. Over my career, I had noticed that much of my work steered away from boots-on-the-ground technical work and more into legal, regulatory, and contracts. The MSL program provides a curriculum tailored specifically for people with my background who are being asked to do that type of work. In short, when I learned about the MSL program, it immediately struck me as being perfect for me and my goals.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
I really like being part of the law school as a whole. The MSL focus is distinctly different from that of the J.D. and LL.M. programs, but the program feels well-integrated with the overall mission of the school. That feeling of belonging and shared goals really is one of my favorite things about the program. That, and the professors are simply amazing.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
The curriculum is smartly crafted to really get you thinking like a law professional without the heavy investment of pursuing a J.D. I've been able to walk out of my MSL classes and speak effectively with legal professionals in their language about real-world cases and issues.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
I would say that if the MSL Program has your interest at all, I'd recommend that you go further and really look into it. The program can really be tailored to what you want and need to get from it; whether that includes a focus on data and privacy, as it does for me, or on regulatory practice, law and business, or some other area of the MSL, you can really make the degree your own.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
I have been consistently blown away by the caliber of the professors. The MSL classes are taught by the same staff that instructs the J.D. program. I guess that I shouldn't have been surprised by this, but to see and experience it has been wonderful.

What is a fun fact about you?
I'm a huge cheesecake aficionado. 

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Chantel

Chantel

MSL Degree Format: Part-Time Residential

Hometown:  Bolingbrook, IL

Degrees Earned:  BA, Biochemistry

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
In my current role, I am a project manager working on global regulatory compliance of chemicals in articles, materials, and products in select industries. While my technical background helps me understand the chemistry and overall science portion of my projects, I wanted to pursue this MSL degree to aid in my understanding of the legal aspects.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
The endless events and the MSL team. The MSL team really goes above and beyond to set up as many events, speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities as possible. As a part-time student, I can't attend every event, but the team tries to either live stream or record the events for me to view.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
The program offers an array of courses to satisfy any concentration avenue you may be looking to pursue. The courses, professors, and staff are very knowledgeable and make sure they are presenting you with top-quality information. During the program, you will read all the intriguing course descriptions and want to take all of the courses available! Many students take more than the minimum credits required. This is a testament to the value this curriculum holds.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
The MSL program should help you achieve your goals: whether you aim to gain legal knowledge as related to STEM fields, continue your education, enhance or develop your expertise in your current role, extend your expertise to be promoted to higher level position, or position yourself to be a valuable asset in a new position. If one or more of the things I've listed are applicable to you, then you should apply. Keep this in mind: although you have a strong STEM background, once you enter the MSL program, you will be a law student, and that is a different world from what we're typically used to. You have to be ready to take on that challenge head first!

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
The MSL program is fast-paced and you have to keep up with the readings and materials or else you will fall behind quickly. I heard this from former students in the program, but I didn’t realize how true it was until I began the program. Time management and organization is key and especially important for part-time students.

What is a fun fact about you?
In undergrad, I was an 8x NCAA All-American in Track & Field. 

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Francisco

Francisco

MSL Degree Format: Part-Time Residential

Hometown:  Torreon, Mexico

Degrees Earned:  BS, Chemical Engineering

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
As an engineer and project manager, many of my day-to-day decisions deal with the law in one way or another. Gaining a legal understanding allows me to make more informed decisions. I am also very passionate about learning new things and education as a whole, and this program exposes me to new ideas every day.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
As students, we all study together, support each other, and often meet outside of class for non-school events. The professors are all incredibly talented and approachable. The MSL staff are genuinely interested in the growth and development of the program and are always striving to make the program even better.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
What makes the MSL curriculum so great is the breadth and scope of courses it offers, all of which are taught by world-class law professors and business leaders. With courses like Contract Law & Design and Leadership Communication, the MSL program teaches us not only about legal applications in STEM and business fields, but also about personal growth and development to become successful leaders in the 21st century.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
The MSL program attracts some of the most highly accomplished students and faculty in the world. If you are open to new ideas, have a genuine passion for learning new subjects, and want to surround yourself with other highly enthusiastic people, this program is definitely for you!

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
The effort that the MSL staff put into recruiting the most talented individuals in their respective fields to teach our courses. From highly respected lawyers and law professors to successful business owners, strategy consultants, and serial entrepreneurs, every professor has a remarkable background and career.

What is a fun fact about you?
I've studied abroad 5 times! 

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Ying

Ying

MSL Degree Format: Full-Time Residential

Hometown:  Suzhou, China

Degrees Earned:  BS, Material Science

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
I always wanted to combine my science background with my interest in law, and also to explore the world of intellectual property. This program is perfectly suited for these goals!

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
The diversity. The diverse backgrounds of my classmates, the diverse focus of different classes, the diverse experience of our teachers and instructors.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
I think it is a great combination of law, business, and technology. On the one hand, the program has typical law school features and trains our logical and critical thinking; on the other hand, it touches on an interdisciplinary area that is of very practical use.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
It's a great opportunity! Whether you are already dedicated to this area, or are trying to learn about different career opportunities, the MSL program can help.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
The atmosphere is even more supportive and collaborative than I could have imagined. The MSL administrators care a lot about our academic performance and career development. As a class, we have a lot of opportunities to collaborate in groups and benefit from everybody’s insight and experiences.

What is a fun fact about you?
Coming to the MSL program is actually my very first time here in the US. Everything is just super exciting! 

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Luca

Luca

MSL Degree Format: Part-Time Residential

Hometown:  Bloomfield Hills, MI

Degrees Earned:  BSE, Industrial & Operations Engineering

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
Every day, it seems that I am encountering new laws or regulations in my profession. To be a better leader and build successful businesses, it is important to have a firm understanding of how to manage a rapidly changing world. I decided to attend the MSL program because of its unique legal curriculum that included business and skills-building classes, the diverse student body and faculty, and the ability to bring a different set of skills to the workplace.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
I think my favorite thing is the “MSL Experience.” It’s unique being a part of the Law School community surrounded by peers who are from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and stages in their careers. The experience also includes unique courses and extracurricular opportunities for MSL students.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
I think that the curriculum is astonishing because of its variety of choices, the interesting topics of classes, and our ability as students to customize our experiences. Additionally, each class addresses how it intersects with circumstances you might encounter in the real world. The intersectional learning and courses on special topics are crucial to our ability to apply our knowledge in the real world.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
I would tell them to reach out to the MSL team. One of the deciding factors for me in choosing this program was the ability to talk with current students and staff. They provided honest insights into the program and all that it has to offer.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
I have been surprised with how quickly I have learned and have been able to apply my knowledge in the real world. I feel like I have a better understanding of the complex events going on around me and how to go about making change. I see this in everyday tasks such as reading the news or communicating with colleagues at work.

What is a fun fact about you?
I love cooking Sunday dinners and developing my own recipes.

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Rana

Rana

MSL Degree Format: Full-Time Residential

Hometown:  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Degrees Earned:  BS, Systems Engineering

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
The world today is rapidly changing as we develop into a more technological society where the lines between different fields are becoming more blurred. To excel as an engineer, I wanted to broaden my knowledge of business and law and understand how they intertwine. The MSL Program was the ideal step for me after my undergraduate degree, as it allows me to enhance my knowledge of both law and business as well as to build an international network of like-minded individuals.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
My favorite thing about the MSL is the community. Students instantly become friends and have open lines of communication with MSL staff and faculty members. There is always someone to grab coffee with and there is always someone to help out when needed.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
The MSL curriculum is unique and exceptional. Students are able to shape the program to best fit their backgrounds and future careers. All the classes are beneficial, remarkable, and eye-opening. There is no way that one will regret enrolling in any of the offered classes.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
Just go for it, and you will not regret it! The program will widen your horizons and act as a stepping stone to an even brighter future. Between the IP, regulation, and business classes, you will be able to identify yourself as a frontrunner in any industry.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
The knowledge I have gained since orientation week has been tremendous and beyond my expectations. The course descriptions can’t really capture all of what one will learn in the classes. Beyond that, the program has opened my eyes to new career opportunities that I either didn’t know about or didn’t think I was interested in. The strong and friendly MSL community bond has also taken me by surprise since enrolling in the program.

What is a fun fact about you?
I watch The Sound of Music before every first day of a new semester. 

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Teruki

Teruki

MSL Degree Format: Full-Time Residential

Hometown:  Tokyo, Japan

Degrees Earned:  BS, Bio-Resource Science; PhD, Applied Biosciences

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
This program is specifically designed for STEM people who want to understand and manage legal issues related to business and technology. The program fits my needs perfectly, as I came from the Japan Patent Office to study and research the U.S. patent system. I wanted to learn the basics of the U.S. law system before I continue my career.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
The class diversity and huge support from faculty and MSL staff are wonderful aspects of the program. I learn a lot from and have fun with my classmates, all of whom are promising professionals with diverse work experience and educational backgrounds.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
The MSL’s interdisciplinary curriculum is exactly what I needed. I really like how we first study fundamental aspects of law and then we pursue specific applied courses. I am studying along an IP-track, which includes a variety of courses from Patent Law to IP valuation.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
I’d definitely recommend Northwestern Law’s MSL if you are looking for the best place to learn law, business and technology simultaneously. One more thing: the location is amazing.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
I have to say that the schoolwork is hard (especially for students from non-English speaking backgrounds). But, at the same time, students can gain more than expected from this program.

What is a fun fact about you?
I came here with my wife and two kids. We really love this fantastic city and we’re always in search of good places to see in Chicago. 

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Denise

Denise

MSL Degree Format: Full-Time Residential

Hometown:  Northbrook, IL

Degrees Earned:  BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Minor in Chemistry

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
I decided to do the MSL program because it provided me with the opportunity to combine all of my interests. I hope to become a physician, but also a business owner and developer, and the MSL program provides me with the skills to achieve my goals.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
My favorite part about the MSL program is the number of opportunities available to students. From taking classes within the law school and business school, having courses that teach how to create a novel product or start a company, to the diverse student-led organizations, there are countless ways to immerse yourself in the Northwestern community.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
I love the interdisciplinary nature of the coursework. The curriculum begins with exposure to a wide variety of legal topics to provide a framework, and from there, the electives allow you to customize the program to your personal interests.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
I would advise any prospective students to come visit the University to get first-hand insight from current students and alumni. This program truly has countless benefits for people coming from STEM backgrounds; more than ever, the intersection between law, business, and technology is imperative to understand.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
I have been surprised by the amount of like-minded people that I have found through this program. Each student has a unique story and inspiring aspirations which have furthered my motivation to pursue my goals. I went in expecting to learn from the world-renowned faculty, but I did not anticipate the support system I would develop with my classmates.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a first generation American and speak fluent Russian. I come from a family of physicians, so I am also a first generation law student! 

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Kat

Kat

MSL Degree Format: Full-Time Residential

Hometown:  Austin, TX

Degrees Earned:  BS, Kinesiology

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
During my undergraduate education, it was my original intent to pursue medical school after graduating. Close to the end of school, I realized I wanted something different. The MSL program offered a unique opportunity for me to combine my past experience and interest in the STEM field with business and entrepreneurship. The MSL program has allowed me to explore my various interests, learn relevant and pertinent skills, and discover many new interdisciplinary careers I can pursue.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
I love that the MSL offers a wide variety of unique classes. Not only is there an incredible list of class options, but each student can customize their degree plan according to their own specific interests. I have been able to develop a degree plan that will allow me to pursue my own individual interests and achieve my unique goals.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
The MSL curriculum is phenomenal. All of the available classes are interesting, relevant, and collaborative. Additionally, the professors are outstanding.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
I would encourage anyone thinking about the MSL program to strongly consider it. Reach out to current students and the MSL support staff for more information. The MSL is a welcoming community of outstanding individuals who would be more than happy to help with your decision. I would also recommend evaluating where you might want to go in your career and look at the course list from this past year; the knowledge gained from this program is extremely beneficial and invaluable in many careers.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
I am surprised by how unique the current MSL class is. There are students from all disciplines and from all over the world. Despite our differences in age, work experience, etc., the entire program has come together as one supportive and collaborative group.

What is a fun fact about you?
I did my undergraduate research on special populations, and have been heavily involved with Special Olympics Texas.

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Javier

Javier

MSL Degree Format: Part-Time Residential

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Degrees Earned:  PhD, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; BS, Biochemistry

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
I wanted to explore new career opportunities to utilize my scientific background. At first glance, my main interest was to specialize in IP; however, I have also become interested in exploring some of the entrepreneurial and business aspects of the program. I want to achieve a wide scope of knowledge.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
I really like the multidisciplinary approach of the program and being exposed to many different types of students and teachers. I also enjoy the opportunities to network at events and specialized seminars.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
The MSL curriculum offers a great foundation for anyone interested in the intersection of law, technology, and business. There are plenty of elective classes that provide the opportunity to specialize in a particular area. The curriculum is curated to offer sufficient and specialized classes for anyone to succeed upon completion of this program.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
This program is unique. You will learn fundamentals about law and business in a useful way that will increase your career choices. The program has great teachers and the level the education is beyond excellent.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
I was expecting a very competitive student environment like any law school. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to find such a welcoming environment, and I enjoy camaraderie with my classmates.

What is a fun fact about you?
I like to spend my free time knitting all kinds of things including scarfs, shawls, sweaters, and anything that has yarn!

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Cheyenne

Cheyenne

MSL Degree Format: Full-Time Residential

Hometown:  Douglassville, PA

Degrees Earned:  BS, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Concentration in Supply Chain

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
I was drawn to a STEAM-focused legal education offered at one of the nation’s top law schools. I have a passion for the commercialization of technology and wanted to complement my engineering degree with a graduate program focused on the intersection of law, business, and technology. I plan to take the patent bar after this program and use my degree for IP portfolio management strategy and entrepreneurial endeavors.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
My favorite thing about the MSL program is the ability to interact not only with my MSL colleagues, but also with students in other programs at Northwestern Law and also in the Chicagoland community. Through the MSL program, I have had the opportunity to give back to the local community by volunteering alongside JD and LLM law students. I also serve as the MSL Representative for the Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC) and the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS), and I participate in ThinkChicago, a professional development opportunity sponsored by the Chicago Mayor and World Business Chicago.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Just like the last two lines of William Ernest Henley’s famous poem Invictus, the MSL curriculum empowers students to customize their academic track with a variety of courses offered in intellectual property, business, entrepreneurship, and regulation. This is a unique opportunity to develop breadth or depth in areas of the law, business, and technology. The structure of this program also prepares students for the workforce with opportunities to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit, collaborate withdiverse teams, practice public speaking, and develop effective communication skills.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
I would say, “Just Do It!” like the famous slogan. Within just one year, the MSL program exposes students to a robust curriculum in law, business, & technology, professional development opportunities, international legal systems, innovative team projects, the Northwestern Law school community & network, and Chicago’s legal technology community & ecosystem.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many off-campus and travel learning opportunities through the MSL program and the law school: International Team Projects (ITP), iTrek, and Entrepreneurship Team Project (EnTP). These programs give students international exposure to the political and legal systems of other countries or the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Silicon Valley.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am obsessed with bubble tea after studying abroad in Asia.

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Shobit

Shobit

MSL Degree Format: Part-Time Residential

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Degrees Earned:  PhD, Chemical Engineering; BTech, Chemical Engineering 

Why did you decide to do Northwestern Law’s MSL program?
After having been through extensive training and work experience in the area of science and engineering, I was looking to diversify my skill set. I first came to know about the MSL program at one of the scientific conferences that I attended, and I was immediately interested in the program. After going through the program curriculum and having consultations with the MSL Program Director, I decided to apply for the program. Having gone through the initial portion of the curriculum, I believe I have taken a right step in the right direction.

What is your favorite thing about the MSL?
There are so many interesting courses offered in the program that I find it really difficult to decide what courses to take and what to leave behind. I get interested in almost everything that is offered.

What do you think about the MSL curriculum?
The MSL program provides this unique curriculum that is a hybrid of law and business courses. It places a student right at the intersection of business and law. In this sense, it is a unique program – there’s nothing quite like it around the country.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about the MSL program?
I think it is a great program for people who are looking to expand their careers beyond their STEM backgrounds.

What has surprised you about the MSL program (compared with what you expected prior to enrolling)?
Not many surprises for me, but one thing that exceeded my expectations is that the MSL program staff members are extremely supportive and responsive. Everyone makes an extra effort to address any issues of the students, and I really appreciate that.

What is a fun fact about you?
I love the game of cricket.

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