Giacomo Rojas Elgueta, SJD Candidate
University of Roma Tre, J.D. equivalent, 2001
University of Roma Tre, Ph.D., 2005
What I Did Before Law School:
For the last six years I worked as a teacher assistant and then as an assistant professor in Private Comparative Law at the University of Roma Tre. In this period I did my doctorate degree in Private Law, and I spent one year at the Yale Law School as a Visiting Scholar. In 2007 I joined the Faculty of the University of Roma Tre.
In 2004 I became a Lawyer and I have been doing some consulting in corporate law for an Italian Law Firm.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
After spending one year at Yale Law School writing my doctorate thesis, I decided to do an LLM program and to diversify my American experiences choosing a different school. I really wanted to be part of a relatively small program (this year we are 95 students) in one of the most prestigious Ivy League Universities and Penn Law has both these characteristics.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
One of the many unique assets of Penn Law, which turned out to be a great experience, is the summer program prior to the LLM. The month of August is not only an opportunity to learn fundamental legal principles of the common law system but is an irreplaceable moment to get to know your classmates and to create a sense of community that will last for the rest of the year. It is hard to point out a particular experience. What I wish I were able to convey is that Penn law is a place where you can relax, enjoy your day to day life, and play with your mind.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Professor David Skeel is certainly the Professor who made me understand how the Socratic method works. His ability of leading the discussion stimulated by a series of hypothetical is impressively effective in making you understand the central issues and concepts of Bankruptcy Law.
My Favorite Course:
I strongly believe that one of the greatest opportunities offered at Penn Law are the seminars. Only 10-15 students comprise the class, and they are fully involved and actively part of a discussion around different legal theories. The Corporate Legal Theory seminar of Professor Edward Rock was like taking a breath of air for mine and my classmates’ brains.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Riding my bike through the streets of Philly; having dinner at my favorite Chinese restaurant in Chestnut Street; singing with my classmates at Barristers; having a cheese burger late at night at Little Pete’s; dancing salsa at Cuba Libre; throwing parties at my house and many more…
What I’m Most Proud Of:
I am very proud of having found a good equilibrium between the intense academic life of the LLM program and the social life with my classmates. I strongly believe that a fundamental point for a successful LLM is to find a balanced mix between studying hard and enjoying, with the same intensity, all the beautiful moments with your friends.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
I participated in many Faculty Workshops, and I have been appointed as one of the LLM Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
Having lunch in the core of the campus together with my friends and studying in the international atmosphere of the Graduate Center.