Careers and Professional Development

Career Services

The MSL program provides an array of career services for its students, including a dedicated MSL career advisor and a range of professional development workshops designed to help students improve their marketability and their knowledge of the job search process. Our goal is to empower MSL graduates to seek out interesting and worthwhile positions that will use the skills and knowledge gained in the MSL Program. Throughout their time in the program, students have numerous opportunities to learn about relevant careers and professional positions – the MSL program and many other groups at the law school regularly sponsor events, panels, and talks focused on careers and professional development. MSL students also have access to some of Northwestern University’s career resources, including University-sponsored career fairs, employer information sessions, and CareerCat – Northwestern’s central platform for career activities and job opportunities. 

Career Outcomes

MSL graduates are well-equipped for a variety of positions at the intersection of law, business, and technology and they have had great success in the job market. The most recent employment statistics – relating to the class of 2016 – show that within 9 months of graduation, 96% had achieved their post-program goals: 75% were gainfully employed in jobs related to their MSL training and 20% were enrolled in another educational program (MD, JD, PhD, or MBA).


96% of 2016 MSL Graduates Employed or Enrolled in Other Graduate Programs


2016 Graduates by Industry: 22% Law; 16% Education; 16% Engineering; 16% Finance; 11% Consulting; 11% Government; 5% Startups


MSL graduates are employed across a range of industries, including law, finance, engineering, consulting, and startups. Many of these graduates could not have secured their current positions without the MSL training, and most report utilizing knowledge and skills from the MSL program on a daily basis. Here is a list of some actual positions currently held by graduates of the MSL program:

  • Technical specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Inventor
  • Compliance officer
  • Regulatory engineer
  • Business developer
  • Scientific advisor
  • IP/patent portfolio manager
  • Product developer
  • Business analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Expert witness
  • Government regulator
  • Technology transfer officer
  • Patent coordinator
  • Patent agent
  • Consultant
  • Regulatory analyst and specialist
  • Design engineer
  • Life sciences legal specialist
  • And more…

Employers

MSL graduates provide immense value to employers as well-rounded employees who can approach issues from a variety of perspectives and interface between different functional units. If you are employer interested in learning more about the MSL program and/hiring MSL graduates, please contact Kettil Cedercreutz at kettil.cedercreutz@northwestern.edu.