Hyejin Park, 2012, Republic of Korea

Judicial Research Commissioner at the Supreme Court of Korea -- Seoul, South Korea 

How has your Fletcher experience impacted your professional trajectory? 

After serving as the Interim Program Director of the LL.M. Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for the Fall 2012 semester, I returned to my native Seoul, South Korea, where I am now Judicial Research Commissioner at the Supreme Court of Korea. In this capacity, I research international law as it pertains to the legal issues presented at the nation's court of last resort, translate the Court's case law for English-speaking audience, and serve as an editor for the Court's English publications. In carrying out my duties in a legal system that had kick-started its modernization by modeling the modern European civil law system, and only later combined elements of Anglo-American legal system, I consider that my Fletcher education of synthesizing different legal systems, as well as legal and other fields of study, serves me well in a highly subtle and sophisticated way that would otherwise have been hard to come by. I hope to further hone my Fletcher inspiration and my ongoing professional trajectory to eventually get involved in a legal draftsmanship in a truly international setting.

What was the most surprising thing you learned at Fletcher? One of the most surprising things I learned at Fletcher was how there were so many non-lawyers with a genuine interest in the study of law. Engaging in legal conversations with those from different professions -- diplomats, government officials, political leaders, businesspeople, activists, and academics -- has only reinforced my understanding of the law as an integral part of a larger context. I have yet to think of a better place than Fletcher to get yourself immersed in such an interactive dialogue across different fields of study, not just occasionally, but as a fact of your daily life.

Favorite Newspaper:

The New York Times

Favorite Book:

The Great Gatsby

Favorite Movie:

What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Favorite Food:

A good cup of coffee

Global Problem That Brought You to Fletcher:

What happens, legally and politically, in trade negotiations between developing and industrialized countries

Fields of Study

  • International Business and Economic Law
  • International Political Economy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher International Law And... (FILA)

Education before Fletcher

  • JD, Law, Northeastern University School of Law
  • MA, Interpretation & Translation, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • BA, English Literature, Ewha Womans University

Experience before Fletcher

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Judicial Intern - Boston, MA
  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Judicial Intern - Boston, MA
  • U.S. Department of State: Embassy Seoul, Political Assistant - Seoul, South Korea

Languages

  • Korean
  • English