Skip to main content area Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to search Skip to section navigation

Elisabet Wenzlaff LLM’82, Volvo’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President, on the LLM Experience

November 29, 2011

The LLM program at Penn Law is a one-year, full-time advanced course of study designed for lawyers trained outside of the United States. The curriculum and cross-disciplinary perspective provide a superb legal education, and present opportunities for students to take law-related classes outside the Law School at Penn’s elite schools, departments and programs.

Elisabet Wenzlaff LLM’82, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Volvo Car Corporation, shares her experience as an LLM student at Penn Law in this video feature.





My name is Elisabet Wenzlaff. I’m an alumna of University of Pennsylvania. I graduated in 1982 and my current profession is that I am a corporate lawyer. I am general counsel of Volvo Car Corporation and I’m also the senior vice president there.

It was a wonderful year… I didn’t plan it so much. Of course I applied for a scholarship, but basically I wanted to go abroad or do something different, have an adventure. And you have to remember, this is a couple of years ago, it was almost 30 years ago. So I didn’t have a lot of expectations, but when I was there I realized how much it did to me, how much it broadened my mind, how much it helped me in my career, how many people I got to know, how much I benefited from it in all respects. So, it really changed my life.
I think it opened my eyes… that law is different in different countries, it opened my way of thinking, the way of legal thinking. I had a legal education from Sweden, where I come from. But, of course I got this other perspective – the U.S. perspective and also the international perspective. So, it did a lot to me as a person. And if it does a lot to you as a person, it does a lot for you as a lawyer.
I think Penn took very good care of their foreign students. They organized a lot of parties and adventures for us. It made us get to know each other and feel special. I think we were very well taken care of here, so I think contributed, at least for me, a very great year here.
[Prospective students] should definitely not hesitate to apply. I think they should be more open than thinking what can this do for me in my career, is this a good career step? I think they should go beyond that and think what can this do for me as a person, because, I think, that is the real benefit.

Transcript edited for length.