Flávia de Souza Lobo Pacheco
LL.M. Class of 2012
As a young girl, Flávia de Souza Lobo Pacheco connected with a world beyond the borders of Rio de Janeiro. Her parents enrolled her in a Swiss school where teachers spoke only German. "This wasn't ordinary in Brazil," she says. Students also began courses in French and English at age 12, although English instruction was minimal, she says.
Her English improved dramatically when she worked as a corporate process analyst at Vale, one of the world’s largest mining companies, which paid for a one-on-one English language tutor. "It was awesome," she says.
Brazil has two huge international events in its future: It will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Its GDP jumped nearly 8% in 2010, after a dip in 2009 due to the global recession, and the country’s leaders are pushing for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. "For long time people have been saying that Brazil is the country of the future," Pacheco says. "Now it’s coming true." The LL.M. student is well positioned to take advantage of future opportunities.
Pacheco graduated with a bachelor's degree in law from prestigious Rio de Janeiro State University in 2009. But her legal career actually began while she was still a student and landed an internship at Vale, which hired her full-time in its corporate governance department. Asked how she managed homework while working full-time, she says she studied during lunch, at night, pretty much anytime. "I work hard," she says. "I like to get things done."
After graduation, Pacheco passed the bar exam and secured a job at the law firm of Araujo e Policastro Advogados. She liked it so much that she stayed on the job until two days before leaving for the Law School.
Pacheco’s husband is also a University student, working on a Ph.D. in economics. When they return home, Pacheco hopes to work at a firm. "I like the adrenaline of a law firm," she says. "I can work 10 or 12 hours a day. I don't mind."