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LLM Student Profiles

USF Master of Laws students and graduates come from more than 79 countries around the world. Read and listen to what they have to say about their experiences at the law school:

Linda Akesson | Class of 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

Zuzana Fantova | Class of 2008 | Prague, Czech Republic

Before attending USF, Fantova studied at the Universite Nancy in France, received a LLM degree in the Czech Republic legal system from Charles University, and worked in a law office specializing in mergers and acquisitions, capital market, investment, and corporate law. She participated in a practical training externship at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after finishing the USF LLM program in intellectual property and technology law.

“Working in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was a wonderful and rewarding experience. I learned about the appellate process, cases, judges, law clerks, and many other aspects of the U.S. judicial system. I even got my own ‘case’ for which I wrote a bench memo. I also prepared bench books for and advised the judge on three other cases.”

Dejan Janicijevic | Class of 2002 | Nis, Serbia

Yongbo Li | Class of 2008 | Beijing, China

Li, who received a LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from USF, practices intellectual property law in China. He specializes in intellectual property litigation and prosecution, representing domestic and multi-international clients. Li joined UNITALEN in March 2001 and has served as a partner since January 2005.

“The diverse, flexible, practical LLM program can expand and enrich your professional expertise and career. It will be an unforgettable experience.”

Shourjyo Mukherjee | Class of 2009 | New Delhi, India

Mukherjee earned his first law degree from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India, in 2008. He specialized in the field of corporate law. During his term at NALSAR, he participated in several legal internships with law firms and corporations in India. Mukherjee also published important articles on competition laws in the European Union and North America, and articles on venture capital funding for seminars on corporate and international trade law. He is presently working as a practicing litigation associate at Tandon & Co. in Delhi, where he handles civil matters with an emphasis on banking and finance; corporate litigation tried at the Supreme Court of India, the Delhi High Court, and district courts; debt recovery tribunals; and various consumer forums, including the Company Law Board.

“The course structure and faculty members at USF were excellent. Attending the program has helped me to look at the legal field in a holistic way with a pragmatic and practical approach. The program helps its foreign lawyers to deal with international legal issues as well as issues of American law. I absolutely enjoyed the USF Master of Laws program, which has provided me with an international platform to do future legal work.”

Simon Dognima Silue | Class of 2007 | Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Silue received both license and maitrise degrees in public law from the University of Cocody in the Ivory Coast, as well as a specialized studies diploma in business law with a focus on local and regional business. Before attending USF as a Fulbright fellow, he passed the bar exam and practiced law in the Ivory Coast. Silue has returned to the Ivory Coast and practices international business law.

“I had a strong desire to work in a firm with a first-class reputation for international business law, advising both local and international companies on corporate, trade, and foreign investment law. I chose to apply to the International Transactions and Comparative Law program because of the richness of its curriculum, the quality of the teaching, the practical skills, and the training and experiences offered to students. Further, a diploma from an English-speaking country provided the opportunity to improve my language skills in order to work on an international scale.”

Munir Suboh | Class of 2006 | Amman, Jordan

Suboh completed his first law degree at the age of 20 from the University of Jordan, Amman, making him one of the youngest students in Jordan to complete a law degree. After completing his LLM degree at USF in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, he was hired at the regional office of Abu-Ghasaleh Legal to head its trademarks section in the IP department. He went on to lead their worldwide legal offices from Jordan, and then managed their legal office in the United Arab Emirates. He is presently an associate at Al Tamimi & Company in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he assists clients to patent their inventions in the Gulf Cooperation Council region and abroad. Suboh also specializes in trademark transactions and enforcement, assisting clients in domain name disputes and online IP infringements against cybersquatting and piracy activities.

“I was attracted to the USF School of Law for the quality of its faculty, facilities, and overall learning environment set in the beautiful city of San Francisco. After completing what I characterize as an ideal program, my legal knowledge had been vitally enriched. As a result of the program, I was able to develop academically, improve my legal writing skills, acquire essential knowledge in my field of specialization, and explore U.S. law. Due to the unique, practical, and efficient learning methodologies, I was able to hit the ground running from day one and overcome any obstacles. With my experience and enhanced qualifications, I was offered my first job before the graduation ceremony.”

Ana Valenzuela | Class of 2007 | San Salvador, El Salvador

Valenzuela earned her first degree in law from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in 2005. Since earning an LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from USF, she has worked in the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, in the international/commercial group of an international law firm, and in the District Attorney’s Office of El Salvador. She is currently the consul general of El Salvador based in San Francisco.

“Having an LLM degree from USF has helped me tremendously in my career. Studying at USF was a great experience for me not only professionally, but also personally.”

Xiaoqin Xu | Class of 2011 | Shanghai, China

Yalan Zheng | Class of 2004 | Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China

Zheng received a bachelor’s degree in law from Wuhan University and a master’s degree from Fudan University School of Law in Shanghai. She then attended USF’s LLM program. Equipped with her USF LLM degree, she passed the New York and California bar exams. She is now an associate attorney at a Los Angeles-based litigation firm.

“The USF LLM program is unique in that each student receives a great deal of personal attention and all of the LLM students are very close, like a big family. At the same time, there are many opportunities for LLM students to get to know JD students and learn more about American culture. I also found the mentor program, in which each LLM student is paired with a practicing attorney, to be an important way to receive one-on-one guidance and get an inside look at the U.S. legal system and the real world of law practice.”

Laszlo Ziegler | Class of 2011 | Budapest, Hungary