J.D.-M.B.A., Pace University
B.S., Boston University
Why did you decide to pursue an LLM degree?
I was working in finance for a few years, and I realized I didn’t really have an in-depth understanding of everything that was evolving and changing with the law. I already had my J.D. and MBA, so I did some research and found BU’s Banking and Financial Law Program. I thought it would be a perfect way to get the tools needed to successfully practice banking and financial law.
Why did you choose BU?
I looked at a few different schools, but BU Law has one of the best reputations in the country. Boston is a hub for mutual funds and other financial services companies, so I thought the Graduate Program would have a fair amount of adjunct professors. Adjuncts can help students with practical knowledge often not found in traditional theoretical law classes. The program is also very well respected, and I thought it would be a great place to start my career.
What has been the biggest change between JD classes and your classes in the Graduate Program?
My law school classes were more theoretical, and I had to take core classes that I wasn’t necessarily interested in. Here, all the classes are very practical, less theory – just getting dirty and understanding what’s going on. The professors are all practioners in the field, which is very helpful.
What are your plans after graduation?
I accepted a job working in anti-money laundering in the legal and compliance department of Morgan Stanley.
What have you enjoyed most about living and studying in Boston?
I moved to Boston for the program, and it’s a great, clean city. It’s quiet, yet it offers a lot of ways to stay busy. I had a wonderful experience here at BU Law. I really enjoyed some of my classes, and I think if you are given the opportunity to enroll in the program, you should definitely pursue it.
Do you have any advice for future students?
Expose yourself to a lot of different classes. Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors and network. I can’t stress enough how helpful the faculty is. It’s really a great way to make contacts and hopefully find a job.