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Lionel Ascensi


Nantes, France

Class Year:

LLM, 2006

Prior Education:

D.E.A. in criminal law and criminal policy in Europe (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
D.E.A. in private law (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Ph.D. in law (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

What I Did Before Law School:

I worked as a research assistant at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Why I Chose Penn Law:

I chose Penn Law because it stands among the leading law schools in the United States. This program is exceptional because it gives you the chance to be taught by scholars recognized throughout the world on one of the most beautiful Ivy League campus. At the same time, you learn in a very cordial community. In the same way, the opportunity to take graduate courses in any department of the University of Pennsylvania, such as Wharton, makes this school incredibly attractive.

Professor Who Influenced Me Most:

Professor Stephen Burbank was my civil procedure professor, and I also worked for him as a research assistant. He is probably one of the very best scholars of civil procedure in the United States, his knowledge in comparative law is amazing and, at the same time, he is extremely accessible and sympathetic.

My Favorite Course:

My favorite course was Negotiation and Persuasion. It was a great opportunity to study something totally new after having studied law for many years.

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

Philly is incredibly livable, ideally located between New York and Washington, DC.

What I’m Most Proud Of:

I am especially proud of being a part of such a community.

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:

My favorite place is Locust Walk in spring, the heart of the campus.