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Remy Nshimiyimana C’08, L’11 on International Legal Studies at Penn

October 18, 2011

As part of its globally focused, cross-disciplinary curriculum, Penn Law offers joint or dual degree programs for students interested in complementing their JD degrees with specialized study in the international arena; for example, the JD/MA International Studies integrates the Penn Law JD with an MA in International Studies from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences; the JD/MA Global Business Law program, co-sponsored by the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po), allows Law School students to graduate with both the JD and Master’s degrees after spending their 3L year studying in Paris.

Remy Nshimiyimana C’08, L’ 11 recently spoke with Penn Law’s Office of Communications about his experience taking the joint degree in Global Business Law and his desire to gain exposure to the global market.




My name is Remy Nshimiyimana. I received a Juris Doctor from Penn Law and I received a Master’s Degree in business law from two elite French schools.

I knew there was this joint degree program where students can spend their third year of law school in France. You do your two years here and then you go for your third year, and that’s something I wanted to do. I thought that I would be able to be exposed not only to the common law system, which I did here, but also the civil system that is mostly used in Europe. So, I applied and got into the program and I’m really glad I did it.
Well, probably it had something to do with my own background. I was born in Rwanda and I emigrated to the United States seven years ago. When I think about legal studies I think about it in global terms, not only one single country… that is the state of the law today. With the globalization of business and other fields of law, you want to be able to be at least conversant in different legal systems, different approaches, to be able to say, well, this what they do better and this is what we can learn from them. So, that was something I was able to do in my three years here at Penn Law and I am very appreciative of the opportunity.
Transcript edited for length.