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LLM International Business Law, Compliance, European, Older

As a Frenchman and citizen of France who grew up in Germany, I was always devoted to my studies and made them my first priority, resulting in my being awarded a prestigious scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) for my university education, in 1998. My education was interrupted, however, by the arrival of my son, now 20 years old. I am glad, looking back, that I made the correct decision, putting my son first, because the time that we were able to spend together while he was little is priceless to me. I went to work that same year and have always been employed full time, diving into the business world, learning all that I could, saving money, being a highly responsible father.

By 2004, my wife and I were sufficiently solvent so that we could return to school while I continued working as an accountant. In May of 2004, I began studying through the INTEC (Institut National des Techniques Économiques et Comptables) in France, distance learning, with many credits granted as a result of examination at the national level. In this way, I was able to earn an undergraduate and two Master’s Degrees – one in Accounting and Finance and the other in Accounting and Management in the space of only 18 months. Now, 15 years later, I hope to earn the Master’s Degree in Law, the LLM, which I see as definitive and foundational for the balance of what I hope to accomplish professionally, mostly with respect to compliance. Much of what I have studied so far in a formal or academic setting has been in areas closely related to Commercial, Tax, and Labour Law. I could not be more engaged with issues in Business Law, generally speaking, and now seek a fuller immersion experience in the legal foundations of compliance, international commerce and its regulation.

An accomplished executive working for a great company, for the past five years I have served as regional head for Ethics & Compliance. I wake up every day working in ethics and compliance with great passion to improve the lives of those around me. My children are now adults, my son in his third year of Law Studies in Paris and my daughter will soon begin an international baccalaureate program in Switzerland where my wife is also currently working. I currently spend my professional week in Madrid, Spain – but almost every weekend I spend in Switzerland with my wife and daughter. As of September 2020, I will relocate to Switzerland.

In addition to the sheer excellence of your program and the fact that I feel that I am an especially good fit with XXXX, your program is also my first choice among LLM Programs because of its modularity, the opportunity to integrate additional courses through the curriculum, and the diversity of students joining the institution. Your LLM is also one of only a few that would allow me to study part-time and continue to work full-time.

For the past seven years, I have been researching and applying behavioural science to my practice. For the past two years, I have been heavily engaged with research into artificial intelligence (AI) and its and applications as they impact the areas of Compliance and Ethics. My primary motivation is to simply do all that I can to stay abreast of my field and to make my work each day as effective as possible, improving the lives and safeguarding the livelihoods of corporations and individuals alike. The best way that I can think of to prepare myself as fully as possible to make my maximum contribution in this regard, would be to earn the LLM in Compliance through the Institute for International Business Law at XXXX University. I especially admire the attention paid to the emerging ethical issues in AI, the stellar reputation and distinguished history of XXXX, and the unique nature of your program in Compliance, the only one with a full module devoted to AI. In addition, the presence of the eXascale Infolab at XXXX University would be invaluable to my efforts to perform research for a thesis in the area of new technologies, big-data, and AI, insofar as they are able to contribute to ethical compliance under the law in innovative ways.

I seek the finest education in Compliance in the world, a complete immersion experience in the broad scope of angles that are brought to bear on the subject of compliance, an especially solid foundation in financial compliance, utilitarianism-driven regulatory compliance frameworks, and process compliance. Business Ethics are central to the focus that I want to develop in my studies, and especially relevant for data-driven compliance, compliance as related to and advanced by artificial intelligence, and commercial mediation. I seek a thorough grounding in the ways that our legal structures in Europe serve as the foundation for all compliance activities.

I look forward to an examination of the legal frameworks that serve as the foundation of family, religion, beliefs, customs, globalization, and the relevance of all of these areas for compliance and ethics. Ultimately, I seek to contribute to the debate of how to fine-tune our moral compass in a complex world beset by formidable challenges in many areas of human life, organization, and the basic functions of society. This will help me to be of greatest service in the future to individuals, teams, organizations, and corporations dealing with ethical dilemmas, enabling them to thrive even in the face of the many challenges that we face in today’s world. Meeting the needs of compliance and the demands of ethics in the future will require bright, ambitious, and courageous people who are not only willing, but also secure enough in themselves to challenge the status quo. I look forward to contributing to the radical measures that will be called for in the future to make life sustainable. This will require the development of a sound moral compass to serve as a guide in the navigation of troubled waters and tensions that arise between Law, on the one hand, and what is morally acceptable on the other. By earning my LLM Degree, I hope to prepare myself for increasing leadership roles in compliance and to enhance my value and capacity to contribute to a corporation, enabling and promoting large team efforts that serve to inspire new examples of high levels of corporate social responsibility.

I hope to bring to your program a solid professional background with extensive experience in various domains of regulatory compliance, business ethics, and practical compliance program applications in ambiguous situations. Much of my work has entailed close collaboration with experienced lawyers, which will help me to excel in your program as an original thinker in the areas of finance, management, and commercial law. Central to my quest is the search for innovation, especially as it relates to AI and the ways that new technologies will continue to influence the evolution of our legal frameworks in the future.

I thank you for considering my application to the LLM Program at XXXX University.

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