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Soeren Palumbo

JD/MBA ‘14
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    Soeren Palumbo JD/MBA '14

A desire to assist people with disabilities.
I am originally from Palatine, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I attended the University of Notre Dame and majored in English, Spanish, and philosophy. Prior to enrolling at Penn Law, I worked as the assistant to Dr. Tim Shriver, the CEO and Chairman of Special Olympics International.

My long-term career goal is to lead a non-profit organization improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. I hope to make in a difference in the world by further integrating people with intellectual disabilities into our society, both socially and professionally.

I am also pursuing an MBA through the Wharton school, concentrating on finance. I am hopeful that a more developed understanding of the complex financial landscape in which firms operate will enable me to be a more insightful and impactful legal and business advisor.

Working at the intersection of law and business.
Each month, Professor Wachter hosts a lunch for JD/MBA students with a guest speaker working at the intersection of law and business discusses his/her career. Whether featuring a law firm partner, hedge fund manager, general counsel or other professional, these opportunities have demonstrated the vibrant synergy between legal and business trainings and how to best leverage these dual backgrounds.

The cooperative and collaborative spirit of Penn Law permeates every part of the law school experience, both in and out of the classroom. Whether a classmate, professor, or staff member, there is always someone willing and excited to answer any question you may have.

The power of a cross-disciplinary education.
For me, the best experience in Law School has been the growing symbiosis between my legal and businesses classes as I progress. There is a cross-disciplinary power in simultaneously taking a Wharton course in corporate finance dissecting the valuation of corporate debt and a Penn Law course on the legal aspects of corporate finance examining the precise contractual instruments with which corporations acquire financing. Or, similarly, I have been able to take both a Wharton management course exploring the strategic decision-making landscape surrounding a business combination and a Penn Law course on the legal mechanics through which mergers and acquisitions are executed. The engagement of these different angles with my classmates as future leaders in law and business has provided a unique perspective on enterprise and has been my best experience thus far in Law School.

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