Student Testimonials

MSL Program Student Testimonials:

Stephanie S. Minnaugh

“The MSL program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law gave me a unique opportunity to focus a year of graduate study on intellectual property rights.  Not only has my master’s degree opened up a new horizon of career options, but it has also strengthened my critical thinking and analysis skills tremendously.”

Kathryn Beckman

“Having the opportunity to participate in the University of Pittsburgh Law School’s Master of Studies in Law Program was beneficial to me in many ways.  While I did not have plans to become a lawyer, I wanted to experience law school and to develop the analytical and reasoning skills of a lawyer.  The MSL program not only provided this training, but also offered a concentration in Intellectual Property law which has been my career field for more than 20 years.  Through the program, I was able to obtain more in-depth knowledge of that area of law.  The skills and legal knowledge I gained in the MSL program have proven to be most valuable to me in my position as the Administrator of the International Department of a major Washington, DC Intellectual Property law firm.”

Patrick Hoffman

“On a daily basis I interact with attorneys involved in our often complicated commercial real estate and construction issues.  The MSL Program has improved my ability to communicate with legal counsel on both sides of any given issue and understand the landscape of the legal system.  A deeper fundamental understanding of the law enables me to speak the attorney’s language and navigate any given legal situation better.”

Barbara Strelec

“The MSL program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has enabled me to advance in the fast-paced environment of research compliance.  The Health Law concentration has provided the necessary analytical skills to be an effective problem solver in this heavily regulated field.  In addition, I now have a deeper understanding of the historical and policy content in which these regulations evolved.  This unique master’s degree is well-suited to those individuals with a clinical background in healthcare who wish to apply that knowledge to the legal and policy aspects of the healthcare industry.”

Kristeena Li

“I obtained a position as Legislative Analyst for the County of Los Angeles, Chief Executive Office—where I analyze legislation daily and work with attorneys in our County Counsel—after graduating from the MSL Program.  There were 2,200 applicants for this position that was open for applications for only 48 hours, and I was one out of six individuals hired.  At my interview with the Chief Executive Office and Department of Human Resources, most of the content I discussed was drawn from my MSL experience.  Without my MSL experience, I would not be where I am today, professionally and personally.”