Suvitcha Nativivat, SJD Candidate
LL.B., Chulalongkorn University
LL.B. (Hons.), University of London
B.B.A., Sukhothai Thammathirat University
What I Did Before Law School:
Upon graduation from my law school, I practised corporate and commercial law in a law firm in Bangkok and worked as a law lecturer teaching international trade law at a university in Bangkok before I came to Penn Law.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
I have attended several schools and colleges—some had masses of students; some had few—and my experience was completely different in the school which had smaller class: I got to know everyone, I understood lessons better, and the relationship with the professors is more than being one of their one hundred students in the class. Other factors are chances to take business courses at Wharton (which I really did with joy) and enjoying the prestige of studying in one of the Ivy League schools.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
Hanging out with my marvelous friends, enjoying the sun in Summer Program, thanksgiving dinner at my friend’s house, parties (yeah, lots and lots of them).
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Tough question—because all of the professors here are nicer than you ever imagined before you came here and each has influenced me in some ways: Professor William Ewald with his calmness and kindness in teaching his class; Professor Michael Knoll with his creative and intriguing ways of teaching; and Professor William Burke-White with his brilliance, inspirations, and generosities when I asked for his help in my writing engagement (which has nothing to do with his class).
My Favorite Course:
Negotiations. Our school’s negotiation curriculum and instructors are considered as one of the best negotiation classes in the States. This is a very fun, useful, and practical course that I think every human being should take. It exposed me to the new paradigm that will prevent (or lessen) unfortunate (and usually costly) experience to occur in my life.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Attending Philadelphia Orchestra concerts and ballets performed by the finest artists and musicians in the U.S., who happen to live in Philly and, surprisingly did not feel like falling asleep; Exploring Thai restaurants in Philadelphia to find the best Pad Thai, but, surprisingly again, found the best one in a Malaysian restaurant!
What I’m Most Proud Of:
I am most proud of being elected by my classmates to be the LLM Graduation Speaker.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
Being the Vice President of the ’07 LL.M. class offered me lots of opportunities to make things happen and contribute something to the small community I belong. Others are APALSA, Real Estate Club, and Boxing Club.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
Savoring Chicken Fajitas and a glass of beer at New Deck Tavern with my friends; Strolling on the Locust Walk in Winter; and dry cleaners (it always feels good when you don’t have to do your own laundry once in a while).
Should I go to Penn Law or other schools?
I used to ask myself (and others) this question seriously in March 2006 (and here I am). The only thing I can tell you is that I never regret once.