Q & A with Argeri
Why did you decide to pursue an LL.M. degree?
I’m from a little town, Springfield, Ohio, and my dad and uncle are both attorneys there so we have a pretty strong estate and trust practice, but we also do a lot of our own real estate – shopping centers, apartment complexes – so it was very valuable for someone in the family to get a firm understanding of the tax implications.
Did you feel any family pressure?
There was no family pressure. I saw it as a way to expand my knowledge into an area of law that I knew very little about that was very important.
Why did you choose BU?
BU made a lot of sense for me. I’d lived in Boston a few summers ago working at a local bank in town. I’ve got a lot of family here – my mom’s brother lives here so I have a first cousin who’s 26 who’s been able to show me the ropes a little bit.
Program-specific reasons for choosing BU?
I think the neat thing about the Graduate Tax Program is that all the classes are in the evenings, and the reason for that is they’re really trying to accommodate part-time students and professiors who are currently practicing in the subject they teach. Almost all of my professors are out in the real world practicing tax law, and I find that to be invaluable. They are still academics, but they’re also practitioners.
What have you enjoyed most about Boston?
Obviously Boston is a big city, with any number of things to do at any time. I lived a six-iron away from Fenway ball park, which is really neat. It’s a cool city and I’m glad I came. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
What’s your advice for future LL.M. students in the program?
I don’t think you can go wrong. Boston is a great town to live and study in, and I’ve met a lot of really interesting people. I think it’s a great program because all your professors are practitioners, so you’re going to learn a lot, and it’s going to be very practical knowledge that you can hit the ground running with.