Theologos Mintzas, SJD Candidate
University of Athens Law School, LL.M. in Legal Theory
University of Athens Law School, LL.B.
What I Did Before Law School:
Right before I joined the Penn Law family, I worked for about two years as an Attorney, and before that, I was elected as a Member of the City Council and also served as a Deputy Mayor of the City of Imittos, a municipality within the metropolitan area of Athens, Greece.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
After my first months here in Philly, I feel pretty confident that I made the right choice. I did choose Penn Law for a number of reasons, but mostly because of its Ivy League tradition, its location within one of the greatest and most historic American cities, its medium sized student body and its interdisciplinary curriculum.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
The LLM program itself constitutes a truly amazing and unique experience. Being part of a group of about 90 bright people from all around the world is literally a lifetime experience. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s like attending a parallel cultural University.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Well, that’s not an easy question to answer. Talking about influence is a little bit early, but, I can easily admit that I really enjoy both Professor Diamond’s (“Negotiations”) and Professor Langer’s (“Antitrust”) lectures. Interesting, stimulating and based on real life experiences, their lectures almost every time provide us with a new perspective.
My Favorite Course:
Without the slightest hesitation, I vote for Antitrust. It really is an important course. A course that combines both legal and economic practice and knowledge and provides you with a deep sense and understanding of the underlying streams that determine almost all legal and economic patterns. And US with more than a century of Antitrust practice is the ideal place to focus on it.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
My trip to New York! Well, no, I am kidding of course! But one of the great advantages of Philly is that it is located close to New York, Washington, Baltimore and Boston. Philly itself, is a beautiful and historical city, with really great people and many opportunities and things to do.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
First of the people close to me who supported my decision to continue my legal studies here in the US and second, of my choice to decide to join Penn Law.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
Walking on the University’s walkway always relaxes me and gives me the feeling that I am a part of a historic academic environment. Don’t forget, that UPenn is America’s first University!