Prior Education: I studied law at Universidad Nacional de Colombia
What I did before Law School: I was working as human rights advocate in Colombia. My specialized was women’s rights.
Why I chose Penn Law: First, because I worked for a long time in my field and I wanted to be in a challenging environment. I studied with lawyers working in both public and private law both I really enjoyed sharing with lawyers of areas completely different to mine. Second, because Penn gives me total freedom to shape my LLM according to my needs. Third, Penn Law is strengthening its work with other schools such as Wharton, Medicine School or FELS. (Cross-disciplinary approach)
My best experience at Penn Law: The classes and some of the seminars offered by the school are amazing because of the speakers and the discussions that relate to very modern issues.
Professor who influenced me most: David Rudovsky: A challenging Professor. Besides being one important civil rights and criminal defense attorney, he is an amazing Professor. He makes you think about the boundaries and makes you think how to debate around cases. Also, he is a very respectful person, so you feel confidence to ask him and discuss anything with him. Fernando Chang: I took Refugee Law with him. First is Professor committed to teach in the best way to help you being a effective lawyer because his highly knowledgeable about the situation of refugees in the U.S. Second, the class is fun: You do different things while at the same time you are learning. Third, is not just a respectful person but a friendly Professor and I think this helps to create better relationships between students. Larry Hamermesh: I am a human rights lawyer, so Corporations seemed a very hard course for me. Professor Hamermesh made my experience much better. He is an experienced Corporate Lawyer, who explains everything in a very clear way and makes you feel comfortable with the course. He is always open to help students in everything.
My favorite course: Evidence
My favorite Philadelphia moment: Walking by Locust or Pine Street in Center City alone or with friends, especially in the summer.
My extracurricular activities at Penn Law: The pro bono work gave me a great experience because I kept contact with a professional environment outside law school. The participation in the Journal of International Law helped me to be more careful when writing papers without suffering so much in the process.
My favorite place of activity on the University Campus: The Art library to read for classes. The campus in front of Van Pelt library for a nice afternoon in spring or summer.