Katherine Freed Matos, J.D. '11
Coming directly from an undergraduate degree program in biomedical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she was the principal inventor on a biomedical device patent, one would assume that Kate Freed Matos ’11 spent the last three years at Seton Hall Law on the intellectual property law track listening to professors unravel the complexities and uniqueness of the patent, copyright, and trademark doctrinal law. Not so.
Thanks to a combination of Seton Hall Law’s reputation in the health law community, the summer she spent in the Republic of Ireland working with clients in Ireland’s socialized healthcare system, and her pre-law experience with various health law classes, Matos’ passion drew her towards health law rather than patent law. “I determined the type of practice that best fits my personality,” said Matos, “and worked to achieve my professional and personal goals.”
Graduating Seton Hall Law with a position waiting for her at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was the result of hard work and perseverance, made possible by the welcoming support of faculty members who helped Matos pursue advanced studies in areas of the law that excited her.
As a law student, Matos took advantage of every opportunity she had to test her classroom knowledge and find her place in the legal profession. From taking courses with practitioners who taught the practical skills necessary to make a successful attorney, to developing her clinical skills outside the classroom, Matos zeroed in on what was important to her. “It’s my experiences – performing research with faculty, advocating for people in New York City courts, taking on externships and internships at law firms and government offices that solidified my desire to work within the health care system.”
It was also her drive to fulfill her life’s passion that put her in the position she is in today: a new lawyer ready to make an impact on a brand new day.