Erica Roszko, a New York native, graduated from Kline School of Law’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program in 2018. Roszko, who participated in the criminal law concentration, was drawn to the program because she wanted a degree in law but didn’t want to become a lawyer. “My MLS degree has definitely helped me in my current pursuit of my PhD,” said Roszko. “The teachings from the MLS program helped me solidify my application essay and continue to help me with my current assignments that focus on criminal justice theory.”
Roszko recently answered a few questions about her experience in the MLS program.
Why did you choose Kline and the MLS program?
There aren’t many schools that provide the flexibility and opportunity to obtain a master’s degree online and still provide all of the amenities offered to students on campus. Also, I went to visit my brother (who graduates this year) on campus and fell in love with the support and overall school spirit that the Drexel Dragons shine.
What impact has the program had on you?
Personally, I am pursuing my PhD in criminal justice with an emphasis in higher education, so that I may pass on my knowledge to future lawyers and legal studies students. My MLS degree has definitely helped me in my current pursuit of my PhD. The teachings from the MLS program helped me solidify my application essay and continue to help me with my current assignments that focus on criminal justice theory. Professionally, my current position is as a legal specialist to a Supreme Court Judge in the Criminal Term of the New York State Unified Court System. This position requires me to assist with motions, decisions and court appearances. I obtained this position after graduating from Drexel and obtaining court experience in a previous position.
Do you have any specific examples of experiences with the program’s faculty?
There were several faculty members that went above and beyond to make connections and help me with obtaining my master’s degree. Professor Laurel Lichty helped me start my online sessions and was extremely patient with the class. My last semester was stressful due to work and writing my thesis, but Professor John Cannan was extremely supportive and gave useful feedback and encouragement, providing me with that push to complete my thesis and graduate.
Do you have any advice for graduate students new to online learning?
Set a schedule. That was definitely something that needed to be in place as soon as possible in order to meet deadlines. Another piece of advice would be to treat the online environment the same way you treat in-class participation, interact with your fellow classmates and support one another in these trying times.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.