The University of Cincinnati College of Law far exceeded my expectations. The LLM year at UC was the best opportunity that I’ve had in my life. It gave me all the chances after graduation to be part of the work that I wanted to be part of.
With the help of Cincinnati Law's Career Services office, I was fortunate to be accepted for an externship during my second semester of my LLM year at the Cincinnati office of Squire Patton Boggs, a global law firm with offices in 20 countries across four continents. At Squire, I had the opportunity for the first time to work in an international law firm. My main goal in getting an LLM degree was to have an international CV, to gain experience in the practice of international law firm. This was really great because when I came back to Italy, I had the opportunity to do an internship at Clifford Chance Milan, a major international law firm with offices on five continents.
The internship at Clifford Chance was in “knowledge and information,” which gave me the opportunity to work in each department of the firm, meet a lot of people, and narrow my interests. In the end, this experience led me to specialize in white-collar crime, which was quite unexpected. I am now a member of the white-collar litigation team and have had opportunity to work with the Washington, D.C., office of Clifford Chance as well.
Everything that I have experienced was thanks to the fact that I did the LLM at UC Law. From a self-designed program of study and working with Professor Felix Chang on an antitrust research project in comparative law that formed the basis of my Italian dissertation to my externship at Squire and making lifelong friends, my Cincinnati Law LLM really opened every door for me and was a great opportunity personally and professionally. This is not only words—it’s the truth. When you’re young, it’s hard to leave your family and home country to go study in the U.S., but going to Cincinnati to get my LLM is the best choice I’ve made in my life.
Shadiah Obaidi, LLM ‘20
Associate, Clifford Chance, Milan, Italy
Former Extern, Squire Patton Boggs, Cincinnati, Ohio