Christian Wiese Svanberg, SJD Candidate
BA in European Law & West European Studies, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Cand. Jur, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
What I Did Before Law School:
I am on leave of absence from my job as Head of Section in the Danish Ministry of Justice where I have worked with Criminal Law, anti-terrorism, Administrative Law and Privacy Law. I also taught Constitutional Law at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
I visited a number of Penn Law’s closest “competitors” prior to choosing where to go. What made the difference was the sense I got that this school has real respect for its students and as a results makes sure that everyone feels welcome and challenged at the same time. I haven’t been disappointed.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
The ease with which I made friends.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
I really liked the way Professor Stephen Morse teaches his Criminal Law class. It may seem like he is being hard on the students, but take my word for it as a lawyer with some experience, you’ll get to appreciate what he was doing once you get out in the real world.
My Favorite Course:
The Cybercrime Seminar taught by Mr. Michael L. Levy really is the perfect fusion of law and technology. And it’s taught by someone with real-world experience prosecuting those types of cases.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Just one? I’ll say grabbing a cheesesteak at Pat’s and then jumping on the subway to go see the Eagles play in front of 68,000 fans. That was a great day.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
Figuring out what I wanted out of my Penn Law experience and then sticking to it regardless of what everyone else was doing.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
The Federalist Society, flag football and working as a research assistant at a local think tank.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
The Palestra. That place just oozes basketball history.
Where you live:
Where you live really is crucial to your experience at Penn Law. I would recommend staying in University City. The Left Bank Building where I live was great. Find someone to share a 1 bedroom with, and you’ll cut costs. You’ll be close to Law School and within walking distance of Center City.