Interview Student

Katharina Kraatz-Dunkel

Class of 2020

Why have you decided to pursue a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree?

The LL.M. degree allows me to qualify for taking the bar exam in a number of U.S. jurisdictions. Since my family and I are permanent residents in the U.S., the degree is a first step towards being able to practice as an attorney in this country.

Why did you choose to study at Boston University School of Law?

The law school and its faculty are highly ranked in various nationwide rankings. The school is also located conveniently close to my home in Boston.

Describe the LL.M. course you are studying.

The American Law LL.M. is a general degree program that is perfectly suited for non-U.S. lawyers, seeking to become eligible for taking a U.S. bar exam. Eligibility requirements differ from state to state and often include completion of a number of subject matter courses, such as Constitutional Law. The degree offers a variety of such courses, specifically tailored towards foreign LL.M.s. The law school also provides a lot of very helpful logistical and administrative support for foreign prospective U.S. bar exam test-takers.

Which classes do you like most and why?

Difficult to answer. I am a big fan of the Socratic teaching method, so almost all of my classes are interesting, engaging and very involved. Class sizes are small and BU Law’s faculty members are excellent lawyers and teachers, so I feel that I am learning a lot.

How do you finance your education?

Savings/personal funds.

What was your most exiting, interesting, astonishing or hilarious experience at Boston University School of Law so far?

The transition from in-person teaching to remote learning during the COVID-19 lockdown was seamless, efficient and very organized. As a native German, I was impressed! 

What is the best thing about the program?

The many new people I meet from all corners of the world, with all of their different backgrounds, views and stories.

Name three terms that you associate with the word „law“.

Work, interesting, important.

What are your plans after graduating?

I will clerk for a Federal District Court judge here in Boston for about a year after taking the bar exam. After that, I will seek permanent employment as a lawyer in Massachusetts.

What advice do you have prospective students?

Boston is a great city with an interesting history. It is a wonderful place to visit and explore throughout the seasons. It is also a very vibrant, dynamic and international city, without being overwhelming. The city’s no-nonsense, hardworking residents are open-minded and welcoming. Because of this, many people want to visit, live, work and learn here. Plan well ahead, expect high living expenses, try to avoid driving a car in rush-hour traffic and don’t forget to bring a warm winter coat!