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Henning Hilke

Henning Hilke
You can choose any course you want to take... I was able to take courses that are essential for the basic understanding of U.S. law…but also courses in the specific field of banking and capital markets law.

Biography

Henning pursued his law studies at the University of Göttingen and passed his First State Exam with distinction in 2009. Since 2009, he has worked as a research assistant for corporate law and capital markets law at the Institute of Commercial Law of the University of Göttingen. In addition to being a native German speaker, Henning speaks both English and French.

Q & A with Henning

Why did you decide to pursue an LL.M. degree?

In Germany, the LL.M. degree has a really good reputation. It's also important for firms to know that you're fluent in English, in the legal sense.

Why did you choose BU?

I picked Boston University because it has a very strong curriculum in the field of banking and capital markets law. I decided to earn the LL.M in American Law because its flexibility allowed me to take courses in the J.D. curriculum as well as courses in the Banking Program. There are no rules. As long as there are seats available, you can choose any course you want to take—it’s really flexible. In my case, I was able to take courses that are essential for the basic understanding of U.S. law, like contracts and corporations, but also courses in the specific field of banking and capital markets law.

What has been the biggest change between law school and your classes here in the LL.M. Program?

The classes here are much smaller than in Germany, so there’s a more personal relationship between the professor and students.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I’m getting my Ph.D. in Banking Law, so I’m staying here to work on my thesis.
The goal of my thesis is to describe and explain the different types of risks in the banking business. I’m also looking at the statutes in Germany and the United States that regulate specific fields of risk. In the end, I’m trying to describe and evaluate the main differences and provide the best approach.

What have you enjoyed most about living and studying in Boston?

I simply love the city. It’s international and a “student city”—there are tons of students living here from all different countries and universities. I’m also interested in teh city's culture and history—Boston has the Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts…it’s the cradle of liberty!

Do you have any advice for students applying to the LL.M.?

Just do it. This amazing university and city combine to make the perfect LL.M. experience.