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Nov. 16, 2008

Madrid’s Instituto de Empresa engages American LLM student

Challenging coursework, long library study sessions, brilliant faculty, and an enticing city have made the Instituto de Empresa (IE) a special place for Aaron Thornburg to pursue an LLM in International Legal Practice.  As an international student, Thornburg has written about his initial coursework at IE’s law school and his experiences in the Spanish capital. 

The uniqueness of his academic experience is only highlighted by the new cultural terrain which he finds himself navigating.

‘It is only my second week at IE, and I have already slipped into a comfortable - for lack of a better word - pattern. I wake at 7am and dip into one of the ubiquitous local restaurants for a slice of tortilla and a much-needed cortado…Now the day really begins as I gravitate towards the library. After a few hours of personal study it's off to mandatory group meetings. It is necessary to strike a balance between one's personal workload and the group work, which mimics actual business relationships present in a firm or company-after all, that's how the real world operates. Together, we discuss our daily case studies and projects and prepare ourselves for class.’

The personal growth resulting from studying in a nation different from your home country is highlighted by Thornburg’s words. 

‘So why would I choose an institution that is 4,000 miles from my hometown of Okemos, Michigan, and well beyond the jurisdiction where I am licensed to practice law? As previously mentioned, I had the opportunity and privilege of going abroad to live - something everyone in this world should do, as it is an education you cannot find in books. Over the past 10 years, having lived on four continents and in six countries, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of global focus in a dynamic and constantly changing professional world.’

Read Aaron Thornburg’s complete article at the Financial Times Online.

The Instituto de Empresa is an internationally recognized centre for the study of law and business along with its other diverse graduate and undergraduate offerings.  For more info on its LLM programmes, visit here.

Content added on November 16, 2008.

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