Q&A with LL.M. Student Alexandre Le Nepveu, French Law Grad Who Has Set His Sights on an International Business Law Career
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q&As with incoming Minnesota Law students.
Alexandre Le Nepveu ’19, having established his expertise in civil law with a legal education in France, has come to the United States to learn the common law system with an eye toward practicing international business law. He recently answered a few questions about his background and aspirations as he starts the LL.M. program here at Minnesota Law.
Can you describe what made you interested in the LL.M. program?
Once my French business law master’s degree had been obtained, I wanted to extend my legal learning outside of the civil legal system. In my opinion, the common law legal system contributes to shaping and influencing international legal instruments in modern times. Moving to the United States is a tremendous opportunity to get a sound knowledge base. I really want to be equipped with a knowledge of common law to establish my professional profile as an international legal practitioner. I am planning to take both French and American bar examinations so that I will be able to practice as a lawyer in France and in the United States.
Why did you choose Minnesota Law?
I chose Minnesota Law because it is a well-ranked American law school. Above all, I appreciated that its LL.M. program allows foreign students to study with J.D. students. This is valuable for me. I believe that studying with natives is the best way to improve both my English skills and my legal skills.
What do you hope to get out of your LL.M experience?
Through my LL.M. experience, I hope that I will be able to understand the American legal system, especially regarding the field of business law. I would also like to acquire solid legal writing skills and to develop an international network. In addition, I hope that I will be able to meet American natives and live in friendship with some of them. It would be also the opportunity to learn more about American culture. I would love to get involved in a student organization. I think that I could add something positive as a foreign student.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to take the New York bar exam in order to practice as an international business lawyer. Then, I would like to enter an American law firm as an intern or associate. As a foreigner, I think that I can provide an extra value to law firms because I studied in a civil law system for five years.
What are the three words that describe you best?
Committed, curious, and outgoing.
Do you have any hobbies or interests that you would like to share?
Back home, I enjoy cycling and skiing with my friends during my spare time. I also play the guitar. I also love American football. I will support the Gophers during the upcoming season. Go, Gophers!
Anything else you’d like to tell the Minnesota Law community about yourself?
In January 2018, with two classmates, I took part in a nationwide business and tax law challenge organized by FIDAL, a major French business law firm. My team had to provide legal consultancy to a fictitious customer who wanted to acquire French businesses through an intermediary holding company where we had to deal with corporate, labor, and tax issues and present our advice to a jury composed of lawyers and professors from University of Paris-Sud. After two rounds of competition, my team ranked first. This experience allowed me to challenge myself and improve my ability to work as part of a team. In addition, I served as president of my Master’s Degree Association. My job was to organize student events and find new partnerships with companies and law firms.