By Leanna Tilitei C’23
Kristina Lynch ML’22 is pursuing a Master in Law (ML) degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She currently serves as an Associate Portfolio Manager at Citizens Bank supporting a commercial portfolio in the Rhode Island and Connecticut markets. Prior to joining Citizens Bank, she completed her undergraduate education at Providence College where she double majored in Management and Finance. Lynch currently resides in Rhode Island.
What inspired you to pursue your ML degree?
I enjoy learning, both formal and informal. Though I did not have interest in becoming a lawyer, I I wanted to learn about legal areas that intersect with my work. So I thought to myself: How can I learn more? What can I do to bring a unique perspective and skill set to both my colleagues and clients?
I began to research programs and ended up selecting Penn’s program because of its customizability and flexibility. Outside of the required foundational courses, I had the opportunity to select classes that relate to my work.
What aspects of your University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School experience have you found most influential so far?
The most influential part of my experience has been the diversity in both faculty and students. Each student and faculty member brings unique backgrounds, skillsets, and experiences to the classroom providing various perspectives that ultimately elevate the discussions and learning.
How has Penn’s commitment to cross-disciplinary legal training impacted your education?
To the point I mentioned previously, having faculty and students from various fields and experiences creates fruitful discussions. There were many times where we’re talking about a topic, and you think about how it relates to you in your industry. And then someone shares a story about how it impacts them, and you think: Wow, I didn’t think about that. It keeps you thinking and causes you to take a step back and reflect on how many disciplines overlap.
In what ways has Penn augmented your understanding of how the law intersects with finance?
When going into a conversation, previously I had been focused on the business aspects, but now I try to ask myself: What are potential legal polices and/ or concepts and how do they apply? Having a better understanding of how the two worlds intersect has been helpful. It really is about looking at the bigger picture.
What do you hope your University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School education will help you to accomplish?
The ML program has given me a toolkit to utilize throughout my career. I hope to continue growing my skillset and be able to continue to apply the knowledge in a way that I have a unique perspective and value to add to not only my team but to my customers.
What is one thing about you most people don’t know?
Growing up, I actually wanted to become a doctor. I enrolled in my undergraduate education as a biology major with the intention to go to medical school. Although I enjoyed some of the classes, it was not something I was passionate about. During the second semester of my freshman year, I decided to take an economics class and was like, Yep, this makes sense. It’s time to switch.
What is your favorite thing to do in Philly?
I love to get outside and explore. There is so much the city has to offer including beautiful views and great food.