The 2016 LLM Roadshow

We could sum up the «Grand Ecole du Droit» philosophy by the expression ‘the world is your oyster’, even though I personally prefer ‘the world is yours’. At least, that’s what comes to my mind when I think about all the universities in which the elders have studied.

As every «Grande Ecole du Droit» student, I have a dreamed destination for my LL.M. year. Throughout these past two years, we have all worked on our LL.M. projects, and things are now getting trickier when it comes to applications …

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Santiago Ramirez at the LLM Roadshow © Christophe Rabinovici

Making a choice about spending one year abroad isn’t a simple task. It’s all about personal affinities, compromises, academical and professional schemes. Answering the question “where will I go?” isn’t easy-going, but thanks to our partnership with the law firm EY Société d’Avocats, and more specifically with M. Gomes Ferreira’s help (EY associate lawyer), we’re strongly advised for our plans. Me and my fellows are also fortunate to benefit from the elders’ support, who share their precious tips and experiences.

Neverthless, is it possible to imagine anything better than the universities themselves giving their advices and expectations ?

Each year, the Grande Ecole du Droit, EY France and ‘Find your LLM’ organize the LL.M. roadshow, in which deans and former LL.M. students are invited. I’ve attended this pleasant event twice, as a second and then third-year student. What I found the most interesting in this year’s roadshow was the different points of view compared to the 2015’s edition. Indeed, since I’m currently ending my applications formalities, I have a better understanding of the debates regarding personal statements, courses modules, the aftermath of the LL.M. etc.

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The LLM Roadshow’s panel © Christophe Rabinovici

The 5th edition welcomed three deans from Cardozo School of Law (New York), Georgetown University (Washington D.C.) and Queen Mary University (London). In addition, former LL.M. adventurers contributed to the event, representing their respective universities (McGill, London School of Economics, Trinity College Dublin, University of Chicago and University of Washington, Seattle).

I had the great opportunity to discuss with Camille Maye, the Vice President of the Trinity College Dublin Alumni Society in France, and then with Clarisse Thirion who studied at McGill. Insofar I plan to apply to both universities. I seized the occasion to question them. They enlightened me on whether I should choose a specialized or general LL.M., on how to distinguish myself with my personal statement, on when to pass the bar, as well as on the practical advantages and inconveniences of both Dublin and Montréal (when mentioning the vibrant student lives of Trinity and McGill). Besides, they explained me how their year in LL.M. helped them to obtain the Master 2 they targeted, which is a major issue for me. I really appreciated their dedication because it definitely confirmed my choices and ambitions.

To sum up, I would say that the LL.M. roadshow is an excellent and uncommon opportunity for every Grande Ecole du Droit students to sharpen their LL.M. projects. Even though the participating universities of the event may not be part of your options, it is undoubtedly worthwhile to gather more information and advice about the LL.M., which is at the very heart of our degree as much as it is, of course, the key to our future.

I hope that everyone of my classmates will manage to reach their blue-sky-target !

Santiago Ramirez