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Géraldine Rothschild


West Hartford, CT

Class Year:


Prior Education:

Brandeis University – Economics, French, Legal Studies

What I Am Hoping to Do with My Law Degree:

I hope to use my law degree to become an international corporate lawyer and continue fostering the rapport between Francophone and American businesses through the practice of law. However, I have always loved teaching, so I am keeping that option in the back of my mind!

My Best Experience at Penn Law:

My best experience at Penn Law so far has been meeting all my classmates. Everyone has diverse backgrounds and experiences that really enriches both the classroom experience and the social life!

Professor Who Influenced Me Most:

The professor who has influenced me the most so far has been Professor Struve, my civil procedure professor. Professor Struve is an extremely brilliant professor, with an optimistic attitude and a true love for teaching. She always makes herself available to students and really stimulated my section’s interest in civil procedure.

How has Penn Law’s collegial environment affected your legal education?

The beauty of being at a collegiate place like Penn Law is that if you miss a class or do not understand a concept, you can always count on your classmates for support. During finals, classmates often rented out rooms to take practice exams under “real conditions” and shared study materials.

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

My favorite Philadelphia moment was attending a Phillies game as part of orientation!  

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:

This year, I am involved in the Penn Law Financial Literacy Project, a pro bono group through which law students provide personal finance and tax assistance to under-served urban and immigrant communities.

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:

I love walking around Locust Walk, especially at night when it’s all lit up!

Are professors accessible?

It was really important to me to find a law school with good professor-students relationships, because that had been one of the strong points of my undergraduate experience. Here at Penn, it is a mission of the school to foster strong relationships between professors and students. Each cohort (our 12-students legal writing group) has a faculty advisor with whom they have dinner or attend a sporting event. In addition, professors always hold plenty of office hours and organize  coffee or lunch with small groups of students. Professors make an effort to learn and call all the students by their name!