2018.10. 19. ABA Conference - Mentorship Program


American Law Center hosted a mentorship program during the Seoul Conference of ABA Section of International Law on Oct. 17th - 19th, 2018.

Attendees of the Conference and ABA SIL members volunteered as mentors and contributed their time for KU students' future careers. In total of 20 KU law students, undergraduates, and even some practicing attorneys of KU alumni registered as mentees, 16 of which were successfully matched and found their mentorships based upon their interest area and mentors' profiles.

Time: Oct. 19th (Fri), 2018, PM 3~6 (30 min each)

Venue: CJ Law Hall 3F Group Study Room, Korea University

Room # 301

Mentor:

Sara Sandford (Garvey Schubert Barer), licensed in CA, 1984

Mentees:

[3:00 - 3:30 pm] Eunyoung Park (KU Law School 1L) - mentoring topic "international legal market"

[3:30 - 4:00 pm] Byungmo Tak (KU Law School 1L) - mentoring topic "international arbitration"

Room # 302

Mentor:

David W. Collier (Hangdong International Law School), licensed in FL, 2005 and in VA, 2007

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[3:30 - 4:00pm] Minseong Kwon (KU undergraduate) - mentoring topic "US law school"

[4:00 - 4:30pm] Hyesu Ottilia Hong & Jiho Park (KU undergraduates) - mentoring topics "constitutional law & criminal law" and "criminal law" respectively

Room # 305

Mentor:

Robin J. Baik (Kobre & Kim), licensed in NY, 2008

Mentees:

[3:00 - 3:30 pm] Keunyoung Heo (KU Law School 1L) - mentoring topic "international arbitration"

[5:00 - 5:30 pm] Seonghoon Yoon (KU Law School 2L) - mentoring topic "foreign legal market" [separate meeting] Injae Hwang (Attorney, Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea) - mentoring topics "administrative law and inspection"

Room # 306

Mentor:

Irene Choe (Thomson Reuters), licensed in NY, 2017

Mentees:

[3:00 - 3:30 pm] Soye Yoon (KU Law School 2L) - mentoring topics "finance and banking sector, specifically concerning derivatives and corporate finance"

[4:00 - 4:30 pm] Dongyeon Kim & Hongyong Lee (KU undergraduates) - mentoring topics "corporate law" and "business law - financing" respectively

Room # 307

Mentor:

Kusha Haraksingh (University of the West Indies), Barrister, 1989

Mentees:

[4:30 - 5:00 pm] Kiheon Kim (KU Law School 1L) - mentoring topic "multinational legal interests"

[5:30 - 6:00 pm] Seonmin Park & Jihong Lee (KU undergraduates) - mentoring topics "international human rights/ international criminal law/ WTO & GATT" and "economic law"

Room # 308

Mentor:

Carlos Eduardo Eliziario de Lima (Dannemann Siemsen Advogados), licensed in Brazil, 2004

Mentee:

[3:00 - 3:30 pm] Sunwoo Yun (KU undergraduate) - mentoring topics "patent and civil law"

Room # 309

Mentor:

Kyungsin Park (KU School of Law/ American Law Center), licensed in CA, 1995 and in WA, 1998

Mentee:

[3:00 - 3:30 pm] Heewon Son (KU undergraduate) - mentoring topics "human rights and labor law"

Program Review

[Seonghoon Yoon, Korea University School of Law, Class of 2020]

The ABA Mentoring session was a memorable experience for me, to ask questions and retrieve priceless feedback from successful foreign lawyers.

My mentor was Robin Baik (Mr.) from Kobre & Kim. He advised me on a variety of topics, including how foreign lawyers practice law in Korea, work experience recommended for domestic law school graduates, and trends that are reshaping the Korean legal market. Throughout the mentoring session, I learned that, although being able to speak English well is a core competence, it is not a differentiating factor anymore; many Korean law firms are already saturated with native English speakers; what is more important is to stay alert and focus on building one’s own field of expertise. Moreover, I realized that lawyers who graduate from domestic law schools would be given endless opportunities to practice law overseas, but that such chances would only be grasped by the ones who show outstanding performance comparable to foreign legal practitioners. Considering future potentials, I gained interest in J.D. as well.

The ABA Mentoring Program would be a valuable experience for undergraduates, law school students, and even active lawyers who are interested in foreign/international legal practice. Participants will be provided a 1-on-1, 30 minute session to interact with foreign lawyers, share their own concerns and find answers. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the American Law Center at Korea University for organizing this mentoring program.

[Minseong Kwon, Korea University Department of Political Science and Int'l Relations]

I had a mentoring program with Professor David W. Collier from Handong International Law School. As an undergraduate student preparing for law school, it was a great opportunity for me to learn about life before law school and after law school. He told me his life stories living as a law school student, and a lawyer. Also, he gave me practical advice for getting into law school, and tips for studying law and adapting to law school. After the mentoring program, my desire of entering law school was stronger and I started setting up plans for the next few years.

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