Sharmini Sharon Selvaratnam, SJD Candidate
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the National University of Singapore
What I Did Before Law School:
I practiced as a civil and commercial litigator in Singapore at Harry Elias Partnership prior to Law School at UPenn.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
Penn Law’s emphasis on cross-disciplinary focus attracted me. I have a wide range of interests that I would like to pursue in the course of the LLM program and Penn Law facilitates such an experience.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
My best experience would have to be meeting my fellow LLM classmates. They are the most diverse, interesting, intelligent, warm, friendly and considerate bunch of classmates I could ever hope for.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Professor William Ewald. His passion for the subject coupled with his genuine consideration and appreciation of all questions asked in class is very encouraging. A professor whom I deeply respect for his knowledge and kindness.
My Favorite Course:
Corporations with Professor Michael Wachter. The Socratic Method employed in this class is something new to me. It’s extremely challenging given the level of preparation required but the consequent grasp and understanding of the material is equally rewarding.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
The Schuylkill River Trail in a sunny day is perfect for jogging while enjoying nice views of the Philadelphia skyline, the art museum and the boathouses.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
I am most proud of making it to Law school here. It’s such an honor to be here and the experience thus far has been overwhelming, in a good way.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
I have just recently joined the Penn Law School Light Opera Company and am pretty excited about the prospects of an upcoming production.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
My favorite place on campus would have to be Locust Walk. The scenic route has such a quaint feel to it - with its old architecture and cobbled walkways - that it’s always better to take the long-way back if it means passing through.