Hometown: Pune, India
Prior Education: B.A (Economics), LLB, University of Pune
What I did before law school: I worked as a law clerk to a judge in the High Court of Delhi.
Why I chose Penn Law: It was a one of the easiest decisions of my life. There was no way I was going to miss out on an opportunity to study at such a prestigious institution. Penn Law’s prestige stems from its excellence in legal education over centuries; however, the most crucial aspect that made me choose Penn is the school’s adaptability to emerging legal trends. While laying importance to traditional legal courses, Penn Law offers a unique blend of cross-disciplinary courses which are extremely relevant in modern business and practice. The chance to interact with erudite professors and peers was another catalyst in making the decision to come to Philadelphia.
My best experience at Penn Law: This is a tough call. I worked on a lot of projects over the 1 year - arguing a moot court in Washington, working in the Journal of International Law and being a part of the Council of Student Representatives. However, being a part of the Detkin Intellectual Property Clinic has to be my best experience at Penn. It was demanding, yet, the course was easily the most enjoyable part of my LLM.
Professor who influenced me the most: I was deeply influenced by Professor Cynthia Dahl. I had the privilege to interact with her regularly over a semester while working in the Intellectual Property Clinic. Her clarity of thought and professionalism is something I hope to incorporate in my dealings in the future. A special mention for Professor David Rudovsky, whose knowledge and experience in criminal law is almost unparalleled.
Favorite Course: Apart from the Clinic, I really enjoyed the Public International Law class instructed by Professor William Burke-White. Although a 1L class, Professor Burke-White managed to open the class to a balanced discussion on the evolution of public international law and its application in contemporary geopolitics.
Favorite Philadelphia Moment: Being a movie buff, my favorite moment has to be me posing next to the Rocky Balboa statue!
What I’m most proud of: Achieving all the targets I had set out for myself prior to the LLM. I had made a list of activities and goals that I need to achieve by graduation. When I looked back at the list after graduating, I had completed each and every objective. I am really satisfied with my planning and time management throughout the course, which was definitely the sole reason for me being so efficient! [I even had time to work on my own sports blog- www.pedanticpundit.com]
Extra-curricular activities: Being a part of the soccer team- Penn Law FC, was the next best thing. Additionally, working out at the state of the art Pottruck Fitness Center was a good break from intense reading assignments.
Favorite Place on University Campus: After a lot of deliberation, I would have to say New Deck Tavern. A good old fashioned bar; also the perfect spot while watching my beloved Manchester United play! Other places that require a special mention: the Indian food truck on Walnut Street, Avril 50 and Wawa (for all the coffee and hoagies!).