Yu-Chen Wang, LL.M. ’20: Public Interest Lawyer from Taiwan
In this final installment of our “Meet Minnesota Law’s LL.M. Class of ’20” series, we introduce you to Yu-Chen Wang, a Taiwanese public interest lawyer who received his bachelor’s and master’s legal degrees from National Taipei University.
Could you describe what work or educational experiences motivated you to come to the U.S. for an LL.M.?
I used to be a public interest lawyer helping child victims in abuse or rape cases, and I wrote a thesis about child witnesses’ hearsay evidence. To complete my thesis, I did lots of research to understand U.S. legal system. It triggered me to come to the United States for an LL.M.
In Taiwan, you were involved in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition and received a teaching award. Could you discuss those experiences in a little more detail?
Preparing and participating in this competition enhanced my abilities to spot issues, draft memoranda, and make oral arguments. Also, as team leader, I learned how to make a team work more efficiently and how to integrate different opinions. It helped a lot with my future career.
Why did you choose Minnesota Law?
I met many excellent lawyers in Taiwan who are alumni from Minnesota Law. They have formed a strong and unique network in the international legal community. Some of them told me that the school designs LL.M. courses in a more flexible and professional way to fit your personal goal, which is true.
What do you hope to get out of your LL.M. experience?
As a lawyer from a code-based country, I hope to gain further insight into how to analyze, present, and solve legal issues from a common law perspective. Also, I hope to create a global career and build up my professional network through Minnesota Law.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
I don’t have a fixed plan right now. I am open to many kinds of international organizations.
What are three words describe you best?
Enthusiastic, empathetic, forthright.
Any hobbies or interests that you would like to share?
I like to read articles about international issues, and to hang out with my friends and family.