Cardenas, 2014, Mexico
Advisor to the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations - New York, NY
Why I chose the LLM: I chose Fletcher over other LLM programs precisely because it is not a regular law school. When I checked the curriculum of several law schools, I had a hard time trying to pick among the courses because of the lack of public international law-related courses. Then I found out about Fletcher, and it was the opposite problem; there were so many courses that I wanted to take that I had a hard time deciding between them. The fantastic public international law courses and the faculty’s impressive experience in the field made me choose Fletcher, and it was the best decision I could have made. The curriculum that other universities offer is not even 10% of what Fletcher has in this field of law. Now that I am at Fletcher, I have the opportunity to learn alongside students who share my interests and are passionate about public international law. I have never met so many intelligent people interested in changing the world together in one place.
On the flexibility of the curriculum: The flexibility of Fletcher's curriculum is amazing. In principle, my courses may seem completely different, but all of them connect with each other in an extraordinary way. Rather than requiring that students take specific courses that may have nothing to do with their professional paths, Fletcher allows students to tailor their coursework in order to help them achieve their career goals. The LLM program at Fletcher has several advantages, the most important of which is having the opportunity to analyze a legal issues from its roots, which sometimes are not just legal, but political, philosophical or economic. Since lawyers usually deal with many non-legal actors, understanding different perspectives becomes very important. Fletcher emphasizes this every day.
Mario Vargas Llosa
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Fields of Study
- International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Public International Law
Activities involved in at Fletcher
- Fletcher Human Rights Practicum
Education before Fletcher
- LLB, Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, Jalisco
Experience before Fletcher