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Zengliang Luo

Hometown: Guangdong, China

Prior Education:LL.B., East China University of Political Science and Law

What I did before Law School:  I had worked as a Legal Consultant at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Shanghai Office for three years.

Why I chose Penn Law:  I chose Penn Law for its prestige as an Ivy League law school, its well-respected reputation in corporate law, its supportive and caring environment to international students as well as its location in Philadelphia (a very livable city close to NYC and Washington DC).

My best experience at Penn Law:  The whole year is amazing and actually it’s impossible to pick one. It’s really a year full of extraordinary academic, professional, cultural and fun experience. In any case, I must say that the Public Interest Retreat organized by TPIC (Toll Public Interest Center) in Oct 2013 is no doubt an unforgettable camping experience for me.

Professor who influenced me most:  As an international student with no prior common law education background, taking classes with a Socratic approach is absolutely a challenging but rewarding experience for me. The professors I met all made me learn something that I will treasure in my life. Professor Edward Rock is really a man of wisdom, and taking his classes would really help students to synthesize the complex and ever-developing corporate law in M&A area and to foster a habit of deep thinking. A great bunch of preeminent legal practitioners who teach practical courses in Penn Law have definitely better prepared me as a corporate lawyer, such as Professors Eric Klinger-Wilensky & Jeffrey Wolters (Transactional Drafting), Jay Clayton, Joe Frumkin and Joe Gatto (M&A Through the Business Cycle), etc.

My favorite course:  Transactional Drafting co-lectured by Professor Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Professor Jeffrey Wolters (who are partners with the preeminent Delaware law firm Morris Nichols). If you are going to be a corporate lawyer, this is definitely a class that set you well on the road, and make you ahead of your peers. It’s a small seminar with encouraging atmosphere for everyone to participate and gain more. During classes, we would take a deep dive into the drafting of transactional documents. Eric and Jeff are exceptional lawyers with insights into the dynamic of Delaware corporate law and they will share a lot of practical tips. They will also invite guest speakers to the classes, including lawyers, judges and judicial clerks.

My favorite Philadelphia moment:  Philadelphia is a very cozy and livable city. I love the different colors through the four seasons. The city, being the first capital of the US, has a lot to offer – renowned museums, world-class performing arts, genuine cheesesteaks, and of course, the gorgeous UPenn campus!

What I am most proud of:  It’s my honor to win the LLM Pro Bono Service Award. I am grateful for the pro bono opportunities here at Penn Law for me learn and contribute beyond the law school. It’s also a fantastic experience through the LLM program to know people from all over the world and hear about their stories.

My extracurricular activities at Penn Law:  There is an array of fun activities sponsored by the law school or initiated by students throughout the year – it could be a stunning cultural night, an amazing pot luck gathering or a joyful baby shower party. I just wish I could have been up to more of these fun events. The pro bono projects are great ways to gain a taste of real legal practice in the US and challenge ourselves.

My favorite place of activity on the University Campus:  Locust Walk (make sure you take the camera with you in the different seasons to capture the colors on Locust Walk); Penn Law Courtyard; and the entire UPenn campus!