Northwestern starts MSL program for STEM professionals

The Northwestern School of Law is offering a new Master of Science in Law designed for professionals in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The program, which can take two to eight semesters to complete, will offer students the opportunity to concentrate in three areas: patent and intellectual property, business law and entrepreneurship, or regulatory analysis and strategy.

Graduates of the program will not be licensed to practice law; instead, the program will aim to "contextualize the complex web of intellectual property, regulatory, business contracting and licensing issues that scientists, engineers, medical practitioners and other STEM professionals around the world face.”

“Technical people increasingly have seats at the business table, and more and more of them are being called upon to lead — to sit at the head of the table,” Emerson Tiller, the law school’s senior associate dean of academic initiatives.