Meet Lindsay Dunbar
What is your professional background?
After receiving my JD from Northwestern University School of Law, I practiced as a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. As an associate I worked on government investigations relating to the subprime mortgage crisis, assisted in the defense of a large consumer class action suit, and helped lead a team in Chicago on a pro bono labor trafficking matter. Before law school, I worked in Human Resources at a well-known litigation firm in Washington, DC.
Tell us about your work with the School of Law.
In my role at Loyola, I oversee the MJ in Business Law and the online LLM in Business Law programs. My favorite part of my role is working with students. In addition to providing curricular advising and working with our alums, I have also had the opportunity to teach in the program. I enjoy getting to know each of our students over the phone and online and I particularly enjoy meeting them at our Education Immersion Weekends.
Given your professional experience, how would you see the MJ in Business Law being useful on the job?
An MJ degree can have a variety of benefits depending on your industry. As an attorney, it helps to speak to clients who have an understanding of the applicable law. The MJ helps you speak the same language as your legal counsel. It also helps when a client is familiar enough with the law to raise potential issues. The MJ gives students the ability to identify legal problems and work with their attorneys to develop solutions.
What do employers stand to gain if they hire an MJ graduate?
Though our MJ graduates are well-qualified for a number of positions, many MJ graduates pursue in-depth study in compliance. Finding employees qualified to oversee compliance with increasingly complex regulations on a number of issues—technology, finance, and corporate responsibility—is one of the top issues facing employers today. Our graduates are well prepared to develop or lead robust compliance programs at a time when employers are in dire need of such expertise.
What do you think makes the program stand out from other programs?
The MJ offers the best of both worlds. The online format gives students the flexibility to pursue a degree while maintaining demanding careers. Yet, our commitment to academic rigor and individual attention makes them a part of the Loyola community. The thesis project is a great example of what the program offers. The project offers our students the opportunity to become an expert on a topic of their choosing while working closely with a dedicated faculty member to develop their project.
Does the program offer hands-on learning experiences?
The program offers students the opportunity to come to campus for two Education Immersion Weekends. During these sessions, students workshop or present their thesis projects and receive detailed feedback from faculty members. In addition to these weekends, a number of courses offer students the opportunity to participate in simulations and projects designed to prepare them for real world challenges they’ll face as business professionals.
How does coursework apply to the work students are doing now?
One of the top pieces of feedback we hear from students is that they are able to apply what they learn in class each term in their day-to-day jobs. One student shared with us that her International Business Transactions course alerted her to a potential tax issue at her company. Before she’d even finished the semester, she was able to raise the issue with company management. Most students find that they learn something in each course that they can leverage in their current positions.