Alumna Interview

Esra Aydinoz

LL.M. Class of 2020; Associate, John Onal & Associates PC

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

I wanted to expand my knowledge of U.S. law to continue my practice in the U.S.

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

When I visited the law school before applying the people I met were very kind and helpful. Also, law school is one of the oldest ones in the United States, which had a huge effect on my decision.

Describe the LL.M. course you are studying.

My focus is U.S. law; I am mostly taking first-year core classes.

Which classes do you like most, and why?

I like the Contracts class most. In my practice before the LL.M. degree, I was mostly dealing with commercial contracts, and it is good to learn the laws of the U.S. in this regard.

How do you finance your education?

My family helped me finance my education, and I received a Tuition Equalization Scholarship from the UGA School of Law, which reduced tuition to the in-state rate.

What was your most exciting, interesting, astonishing, or hilarious experience at the University of Georgia School of Law so far?

The most exciting thing about the University of Georgia is that this community makes you feel like you were never a new person. You feel like you have always been here and been a part of this huge family.

What is the best thing about the program?

The best thing about this program is that the LL.M. students are not separated from J.D. students; this way, we can more easily interact with J.D. students and take classes with them.

Name three terms that you associate with the word "Law“.

Justice, foreseeability, and peace.

What are your plans after graduating?

I am planning to sit for the Georgia Bar Exam and continue my practice in the States.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

My biggest advice would be to stay in practice for a while before applying for an LL.M. degree and decide which area to specialize in. This way, the classes you take will be more useful for your future practice.