Maria José Schmidt-Kessen
Assistant Professor at Central European University
LL.M. Law in European and Global Context | 2010-2011
I graduated from the LL.M. in Law in a European and Global Context in 2011. The LL.M. at Católica put me on my career path, but I did not know it at the time! After writing a research thesis on the possibility of setting up a specialized EU intellectual property court I thought I’d had enough of academia. After training and working with several agencies and a law firm, however, I realized that I missed being in an international environment, developing my own ideas, engaging with societal developments, and learning something new every day. In a nutshell, all the things I had experienced during my LL.M. When I contacted my former professors to ask for guidance and support in applying for a PhD position at the European University Institute, I got very helpful replies, encouragements, reference letters… and was accepted for the PhD programme! Looking back at my experience at Católica, I realize that the structure of the LL.M., the small class sizes, the diverse student body, and the inspirational teachers all provided me with a perfect basis to embark in an international academic career – a decision that I have not regretted until this day.