Alum Spotlight: Masha Goodman-Khan, MSJ - Forging a Path in Healthcare Compliance
and Legal Operations
Masha Goodman-Khan, a distinguished graduate of our esteemed law school's Masters
in Jurisprudence program, exemplifies the power of interdisciplinary education in
shaping a dynamic career. In 2021, Masha completed her program, earning a dual concentration
in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law and Compliance, as well as Hospital & Health
Law. Her journey since graduation, leading her to theher current role as the Director
of Compliance & Legal Operations at Vericel in Cambridge, MA, serves as an inspiring
testament to the program's transformative impact.
A Unique Journey to Legal Studies.
Before embarking on her academic and professional journey in legal studies, Masha
earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, intending to pursue a career
in medicine. Her early career experiences, coupled with a desire to deepen her knowledge
of the intricate legal landscape surrounding healthcare, motivated her to pursue a
Masters in Jurisprudence. She recognized that the program's specificity and tailored
courses were directly applicable to her daily work experiences, making it an ideal
choice for her professional development.
Nurturing Professional Growth: The Power of Networking.
Drawing from her own journey, Masha has invaluable advice for current students. She
emphasizes that, while the program equips students with a wealth of knowledge, nothing
guarantees job placement. Masha underscores the abundance of organizations catering
to various interests within the legal sphere and urges students to start building
professional relationships while still in the program. In her own words, “Network,
join different organizations, seek out professional mentors, and work hard. Good luck
tends to favor hard work.”
Masha's perspective challenges conventional wisdom: "Don't assume that just because
someone has done it longer, that they are automatically doing it better.” She feels
that everyone should continue to learn and that we should challenge the ideology that
new students lack valuable insight. This mindset has undoubtedly fueled her ambition
and growth in her field.
Program Design: Building a Strong Legal Foundation.
Reflecting on her time in the Masters in Jurisprudence program, Masha commends the
program's design for creating legitimacy and imparting a robust legal foundation.
The curriculum's structure, which begins with foundational courses such as Intro to
Law, Torts, Business Law, and Constitutional Law helped pave the way for students
to delve into concentration-specific courses. These courses were not only intellectually
stimulating but also directly relevant to Masha's current and future career aspirations.
They offered fresh perspectives on the healthcare landscape, revolutionizing her approach
to hospitals and healthcare compliance.
In her present role, Masha plays a crucial role in corporate policy development, contract
review, and guiding colleagues to navigate complex federal, state, and local regulations.
Her expertise helps her organization conduct programs and initiatives within industry
A Vision for the Future.
Masha's journey is far from complete. Her long-term goal is to ascend to the position
of Chief Compliance Officer, a testament to her dedication to ensuring ethical and
lawful practices within her organization and the broader healthcare industry.
Masha Goodman-Khan's trajectory from a background in health science to her current
leadership position as Director of Compliance & Legal Operations is an embodiment
of the transformative potential of a Masters in Legal Studies. Her journey underscores the importance of networking, seizing opportunities, and
challenging conventional wisdom. We are proud to count Masha as one of our distinguished
alumni, and we eagerly anticipate her continued success in the field of healthcare
compliance and legal operations.