Rutgers Law’s MSP has helped hundreds of men and women of color, or from disadvantaged backgrounds, build accomplished careers in the law–including senators, judges, civil and constitutional rights activists, corporate officers, and more.
The program’s impact has been felt widely, whether in the fields of social justice, corporate legal practice, politics, the judiciary, or academia.
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MSP alums are a testament to how successful the program has been in helping diverse students enter into the practice of law. After having interned at a major New Jersey firm, I now see the difficulties a minority may face, not only getting his/her foot in the door, but to remain there, and thrive in this competitive environment. MSP was my key to opening this door, and I am so thankful for the opportunity. I hope to follow in the footsteps of all the successful alums, and continue the program's legacy by extending a helping hand to the next generation of MSP students.
"MSP started at the behest of students who needed an environment that allowed for their collective success, in a space that did not otherwise envision it. That legacy continues today, to a new generation. But many of the problems that necessitated MSP's creation transcended too, albeit masked with a different face. So it remains necessary for students and alumni of MSP to remain perilously committed to building strength within and alliance between their communities."
When you consider that many of us would not be where we are today without the support that we received from the MSP, I feel that it is nothing short of our duty to give back to the current MSP students. My hope is that the students we help will, in turn, come to help other students behind them. To me, that’s what MSP is all about.
"I have many fond memories of my years in the MSP program. Those late night study groups with four or five people created a bond that has lasted for over 30 years, which I cherish immensely"