The common law legal system in the United States is very different from the civil law system I am used to in Finland. I have always felt that it is of outmost importance to have international experiences and as many different viewpoints as possible. With an international LLM degree I will learn skills I would never gain in my home country, and I will have a chance to open up my mind to different ways of thinking and approaching legal issues.
I currently work in the area of economic crime investigation; it is a constantly changing field. Crime is rapidly moving into the internet and criminal law is becoming more global. The United States is a frontrunner in computer crime, cyber security and electronic investigation techniques. Via the courses provided by UC in these fields I hope to gain knowledge that I can’t get in my own home country, yet which will be important to my professional advancement.
My ultimate ambition is to become a judge in Finland. A good judge needs to have an extremely broad understanding of both the law and all other aspect surrounding a situation. A year abroad in a completely different society and an LLM degree from a different legal system will give me a lot of new approaches and ways of thinking.
In Finland we are raised to be very humble and not make a big deal about ourselves. Because the approach and mindset in the United States is the complete opposite, I also feel that a year in this atmosphere would give me a huge confidence boost and teach me how to proudly bring out my own best features and assets. For a lawyer the most important trait is to be convincing. To do that it all boils down to how confident the lawyer is in herself and what she has to say.
The US is the biggest and most competitive market in the world and it has a huge impact on the entire world. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to familiarize myself with the American way of living and thinking, as well as get a chance to develop and challenge myself.