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Vincent Hilldrup

Hometown: Paris, France

Class Year:  LL.M. ’13

Prior Education:

Tufts University, B.A. in history and German, magna cum laude

Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne & Sciences-Po (Grande École), J.D. in Law & Economics and International Business Law, cum laude     

What I Did Before Law School:

I was a paralegal at Winston & Strawn, D.C. office.  There, I worked in International Trade, Arbitration and Litigation. 

Why I Chose Penn Law:

Given my pronounced interest for business law and corporate work, Penn Law was an natural choice for me.  Penn Law’s interdisciplinary approach to legal education is in perfect lock-step with developing needs of the changing business world.  Moreover, Penn Law can boast having a law faculty of prominent professors, such as Professor Mooney and practitioners who are willing to make the trip from NYC to teach class, such as Jay Clayton and Joe Frumkin (two partners from Sullivan & Cromwell) or Professor Flocos.  I was also very impressed with the interventions of Professor Gatto who provided the class with insight into the financial decision making and was instrumental to my understanding of company valuations.  Finally, the fact that Penn Law is located in Philadelphia, 3 hours from Washington, D.C. and 2 hours from New York City is an ideal location for those seeking employment on the east coast.  

My Best Experience at Penn Law:

Barbecue day in August, when an elderly gentleman was walking around the barbecue tables.  Dressed in a casual red polo and brown corduroys, he came up to me and introduced himself as a professor at the law school  We began talking about Japan and international law and bankruptcy.  He was quite brilliant and I was definitely fascinated by what he had to say.  I had only a cursory knowledge of bankruptcy and did not think much of it at the time.  However, this professor would eventually become the professor who would influence me the most at Penn Law.   His name was Professor Mooney. 

My best experience at Penn:

Wine Walk, Pizza Party at Blockley’s, Open Mic Night, Boat Cruise, Wharton Fashion show…there are just too many to describe.  All I know is that all these event wouldn’t have been possible without GAPSA.  Therefore, I would say that being part of something so wonderful and helpful to the Penn community and working with such great and dedicated people was my best experience at Penn. 

Professor Who Influenced Me Most + Favorite Course:

Professor Charles Mooney.  He was a great mentor and professor.  I took his seminar on private financing and decided to write about fraudulent transfers in leveraged buyouts.  I learned a lot during this one year long seminar and the class time frame provided students with sufficient time to research their topics and reflect on where they wanted to take the reader.  Prof. Mooney is extremely knowledgeable and very supportive of his student’s works, despite his busy schedule.  He offered invaluable insight into my paper and allowed students a lot of flexibility in defining their topic and narrowing the scope.  In my humble opinion, papers are the most important and best assessment of a student’s abilities, because they reward hard work and passion. 

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

The various events that were brilliantly orchestrated by GAPSA members.  Specifically, the Wine Walk was a big success.  

What I’m Most Proud Of:

To have had the opportunity to be part of Penn Law’s LLM Class of 2013 and meeting people from different countries, legal backgrounds and from all the different schools at Penn. 

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:

Barbri representative

Member of the University Council at University of Pennsylvania

LLM/J.D. soccer

Penn Law School Gaming Club

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:

Getting to know J.D. students during the gaming club’s game nights at the Goat and the GAPSA center, where I got to meet fascinating people from the various school that comprise the UPenn Graduate School student body.