2017 LLM graduates in Energy and Environmental Law
Laura Linde, LLM '17

After Laura Linde earned an undergraduate degree at Freie University Berlin and took the German First State Examination in law, she wanted to continue her legal education abroad. But she didn’t just want to study more law; she wanted to practice it.

Laura Linde“The practical approach of legal education in the United States compared to the more theoretical approach of the German legal system” drew her attention to LLM programs in the United States, she said. She was interested in the variety of LLM degrees offered by UConn School of Law, and particularly in the program in Energy and Environmental Law.

The opportunity to study climate change and the international implications of environmental law were appealing, and so was the opportunity to apply her studies in practice. She enrolled in the autumn of 2016. During her second and final semester, in the spring of 2017, she worked in a field placement at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

“UConn Law’s educational approach was therefore perfect for me,” she said.

Linde also worked as a research assistant for a UConn Law professor. Her final paper, written in a Climate Law seminar course, focused on “why the United States could not manage to implement an emissions trading system to cut carbon emissions” as the European Union has done. After studying the European system for trading greenhouse gas emissions and similar systems implemented in some U.S. states, she concluded that a federal emissions trading scheme could be devised to curtail carbon emissions.

Before returning to Germany, Linde attended a job fair in New York City, interviewed with several firms and worked with the career counselors at UConn Law on her resume and cover letters. She credits that experience and support with helping her land her current position in Germany with the Energy and Utilities Sector Group of the international law firm Bird & Bird LLP.

Looking back on her time at UConn Law, Linde remembers her surprise at how friendly and open Americans were. Everybody around her offered help “even if they did not know you.” It made her feel welcome, and glad she chose UConn Law. “I would not have missed it for the world,” she said.