For Yoann J. Pré, earning an LLM in U.S. Legal Studies at UConn School of Law was a stage in an intercontinental journey toward his primary goal: a career in international law. He received the LLM in 2012, after earning a double bachelor’s degree in law and languages at Université Pierre-Mendès-France, earning a master’s degree in international and European law at the University of Hull in England, and completing internships in Vancouver, Canada, and Silver Springs, Md. He’s now finishing his Ph.D. at the Pantheon-Sorbonne School of Law in Paris, one of the most prestigious law schools in Europe.
Pré’s undergraduate internships in the U.S. and Canada left him seeking an opportunity to return to North America, and his legal studies in England awakened an interest in international law. “The U.S. always seemed like a very attractive place to study law,” he said, adding with a chuckle that he was also intrigued by “the image of American lawyers as presented on legal TV shows.” He found that UConn School of Law offered a favorable ranking, competitive tuition and proximity to New York, where he had family.
He returned from France to the UConn Law campus in the fall of 2015 as a visiting scholar and gave a presentation to a group of students and faculty on his research into conflicts between the European Court of Human Rights and private international law. He also offered support and advice to current JD and LLM students interested in international law.
While studying for the LLM, Pré focused on classes that were required for the bar exam, as well as those that fit his interests. Earning an LLM was “a lot of work, but the UConn Law campus was a great place to work and connect on a scholarly level,” he said. “There were not that many distractions, and my focus paid off in the end.” He credits UConn School of Law with helping him develop the skills and knowledge need to thrive in international and comparative law.
“I would not have been able to get into Sorbonne without the degree from UConn School of Law, and the expertise developed, combined with the positive recommendations from UConn Law professors, made my UConn Law degree one of the best investments of my career,” he said. Pré is still deciding what he wants his legal career to be, but he has three unique options, including taking the Bar exam to become a Judge, working as a lecturer in Sorbonne, and providing legal council as an independent lawyer.