Christoph Naumann, SJD Candidate
Kronberg im Taunus, Germany
Admission to the Bar of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2007)
Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main, Second State Exam (2006)
University of Frankfurt am Main, First State Exam (2004)
LL.M. Eur, University of Frankfurt am Main (2002)
Certificate in Transnational Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2001)
What I Did Before Law School:
Thirteen months full-time social service in my hometown, providing elderly and disabled people with medical care, food and other services.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
Having represented a U.S. law firm on recruiting events at many top 10 law schools, I had the chance to visit various campuses on the East Coast and in the Midwest, and I liked Philly best. It’s ideally located, not as expensive as other US cities, not too cold in the winter and much more vibrant than people think who’ve never been here.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
The collegial atmosphere is outstanding! When I told my international friends doing LLM programs at other law schools that the JD’s just gave us their outlines because they knew we can’t typewrite with ten fingers, my friends simply couldn’t believe it. And that’s just one example of how friendly professors, staff and - most important - students are.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Professor Aditi Bagchi’s Labor Law class (the first Labor Law class she taught) was great - a small number of very interested students, and she wasn’t only able to take very different views on ultimately political policy questions, but also made us discuss the issues in the same way.
My Favorite Course:
Real Estate Law together with Wharton students – having been an Associate with a “magic circle” British law firm working on real estate transactions, this class helped me to understand where those guys are coming from – and, moreover, getting at.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Hard to tell - both (i) when I left PHL to see my family and friends back home in Germany over Christmas and (ii) when I got back before New Years and my girlfriend picked me up at the airport.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
Besides my membership with the UPenn University Club (great lunch!): to have finally made it to UPenn Law School, despite the thousands of questionnaires, forms and applications one is encountering when applying from outside the U.S.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
Research for my Ph.D. – and just relaxing and enjoying my year off after three years with large U.S and British law firms!
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
Place: the Law School Courtyard; activity: having Sushi at the Houston Hall Market.