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Rafael A. Rosillo


Caracas, Venezuela.

Class Year:

LLM, 2007

Prior Education:

2001, LL.B., Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Faculty of Law.
2006, Master’s Degree in Taxation and Management (thesis pending), Universidad Metropolitana.

What I Did Before Law School:

I worked for two years as an in-house corporate attorney for an engineering company before joining an accounting firm in which I was the Head Litigator of the Tax Department.

Why I Chose Penn Law:

I wanted a law school with a very interesting and diverse curriculum as well as a great faculty. Penn Law had both, in addition to a great reputation and an amazing campus with outstanding facilities. I also wanted to be surrounded by the most intelligent and inquisitive students out there, making the classes more enriching and lively.

My Best Experience at Penn Law:

Every day at Penn Law is filled with great experiences. The collegial environment at Penn Law makes relationships among students (LLM’s as well as J.D.’s) team-like. Here you will make bonds that will last for the rest of your life. La Gran Fiesta, LALSA´s annual spring party, was one great experience that stands out from the rest.

Professor Who Influenced Me Most:

All of my professors surpassed my expectations, but there are three that stand out. Professor Michael Wachter is the greatest teacher I’ve ever had. His way of teaching is just amazing, he will ask you questions until you can see and understand any complicated subject on the table. Professor Reed Shuldiner is one of the nicest guys around here. His classes are very rich and he makes you think about even the slightest details surrounding an issue. Professor Thomas Gallagher is an impressive professor and practicing attorney. His joyful way of teaching makes his classes a pleasure to attend, and he always makes you think as if you had to explain what you’ve learned to your clients. I have to say that all of these professors have inspired me more than ever to make the move to academia at some point in life.

My Favorite Course:

The Tax Policy Seminar opened my eyes to the policies behind the tax laws and gave me an in depth look at the most innovative tax issues and proposals around the world, as well as meeting the tax scholars behind them. The Advanced Corporate Law seminar was also very enriching, and it gave me the chance to receive lectures by Delaware’s Vice Chancellor, the Honorable Leo Strine.

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

This city is filled with fun people and great historic sites. It’s impossible to single out just one favorite moment. I enjoyed skating and running along the Schuylkill River, walking around the city and visiting all the museums and historic sites, as well as all the great restaurants that Philly has to offer.

What I’m Most Proud Of:

Being a board member of the Latin American Law School Association (LALSA) as the LLM, representative. This gave me the opportunity to attend the weekly LALSA board meetings and discuss issues affecting the Latin American community at Penn Law, as well as any issue arising from the LLM class. I’m also proud of having been offered an internship with the IRS.

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:

Board member of the Latin American Law School Association (LALSA) as the LLM, representative. LLM advisor for Penn Law’s Journal of International Law

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:

Locust Walk is always a great place to be around and meet people from different schools. Penn Law’s courtyard is always filled with joyful students and it’s an amazing place to sit around and talk to your colleagues about anything.