Name: Luis Alfonso López Durling
Hometown: Panama City, Republic of Panama
Prior Education: Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, LLB ’11
What I did before Law School: After high school, I started working as a legal assistant back in January 2008 and have been working as a full time attorney since graduating in 2011. Growing up, I was very interested in computing and technology, which became a sort of “hobby” for me. A little more than a year ago, I got together with a couple of high school friends and founded an IT consulting firm, BlueTide IT Consulting. This is how I got into entrepreneurship. During this time, I’ve also been involved with a couple of family businesses, all being opportunities to further my understanding of how the business world works.
Why I chose Penn Law: Given my dual background in Law and IT, I was actively searching for a program that had a mix of Law but also Business. After pondering among my options, I chose Penn because of the interesting mix offered; not only would I be attending an Ivy League Law School, but also had the chance of going to Wharton (WBLC) which is a huge opportunity for any person interested in being self-employed.
The Wharton Business and Law Certificate: Wharton indeed changes the way of thinking of anyone. They taught me how to think about risk and how to invest in a calculated manner, always with the “time value of money” in mind. These teachings will go a long way in my future, and have already been playing a role throughout the course. While learning in Wharton, I was also in touch with my business partners at BlueTide and relaying what I’ve learned. Thanks (in part) to this experience, we’ve been able to run the company with zero debt, and now we’re working with high profile clients such as the Government of Panama itself.
Future Plans: After graduation, I will be going back to Panama to continue working as an attorney but also as an entrepreneur. I made meaningful contacts at Penn and will surely do business with my classmates in the near future, which is the best takeaway of the program: the network.
Professor who influenced me most: Mauro Guillén (WBLC)
My favorite course: Deals (Rick D’Avino and Dan Raff)
My favorite Philadelphia moment: When I discovered Reading Terminal Market.
What I am most proud of: The friends I made during the LLM year.
My extracurricular activities at Penn Law: Golf, soccer.
My favorite place of activity on the University Campus: Taking a stroll through Locust Walk in the afternoons.