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Stacy Yuan

Stacy Yuan
The most important and useful achievement that I gained was learning how to think like an American lawyer—I enhanced my skills on identifying issues, analyzing facts and applying laws in the American way.


Ye (or, Stacy) is an associate in the Beijing office of Lovells, a large, UK-based international law firm. She handles a full range of trademark and patent practice matters for international Fortune 500 companies, including prosecution, filing strategies, administrative and criminal enforcement and multi-jurisdiction civil litigation. She received her LL.B. in Commercial Law from Hei LongJiang University in 2002 and her LL.M. from the University of Leeds in the U.K. in 2004. As an undergraduate, she spent a year at the University of Leeds studying European Union Law – and also received an award as her school’s “Most Outstanding Leader.”

Q & A with Stacy

Why did you choose BU Law?

BU Law has a great reputation in Intellectual Property Law education. Unlike some other law schools, BU Law has an office dedicated to the LL.M. Program called the Office of Graduate and International Programs (OGIP). And the LL.M. Program offers a lot of opportunities for international students to explore local culture and get to know other students—this made my nine months there highly valuable.

How do you look back on your experience at BU Law?

I really had a wonderful year at BU. I appreciate that the OGIP was very friendly and considerate. I received a lot of attention from the office, and they helped guide me in my academic studies and life in Boston. The most important and useful achievement that I gained was learning how to think like an American lawyer—I enhanced my ability to identify issues, analyze facts and apply laws in the American way.

What were your favorite classes and why?

One of my favorite classes was Entertainment Law with Professor Jerry Neeff—it was a small, seminar class. Professor Neeff was great at encouraging us to think creatively and brainstorm answers to very challenging questions. My other favorite class was Civil Procedure. As an international student, it was helpful in understanding civil procedure in U.S. litigation. It really made us think about the changes and challenges that occurred throughout history.

What’s your favorite LL.M. Program memory?

All my memories associated with the LL.M. Program are great. We had an amazing lobster dinner, a harbor cruise, potluck dinners, outings, Red Sox and Celtics games, graduation parties, and many other events. One of my most touching memories is of the “Friday Reminders” we received from the OGIP every week. These e-mails contained important deadlines, upcoming LL.M. students’ birthdays, and recommendations of things to do during the weekend. It was the most kind, considerate and touching gesture. The e-mail was a nice way to show us that the OGIP cared about our studies and life at BU Law.

What’s it like to be a student in Boston?

The BU Law tower is located next to “BU Beach” and the Charles River. I used to study on the 17th floor in the lounge, which has an amazing view of the river and part of the city. You don’t need a car here; the T can take you everywhere. There are a lot of shopping areas, nice restaurants and bars all over Boston. It’s also peaceful just sitting around the harbor and enjoying the sunshine, going to the parks and watching the swans and studying at the beautiful public library.

Where are you now?

I’m an associate at Jones Day in Beijing.