Visiting Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, and Munich

Me with alumni Friedrich Rosenfeld, Alma Zadic, and Gebhard Bücheler.

One of my favorite aspects of our LL.M. Program is that it draws students from across the globe, which means that I get to visit prospective students and alumni around the world! This March, I traveled to Munich for LL.M. Day, where I was joined by two terrific LL.M. alumni, Gebhard Buecheler ’08 and David Negenborn ’17.  Together, Gebhard, David and I met with many thoughtful prospective students and a number of students recently admitted to the LL.M. Program. I had a fabulous time conversing with the future faces of Columbia!


After Munich, I visited Zurich and Geneva, where I met incoming LL.M.s and alumni. I then flew to Vienna to attend The Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. During the opening ceremony, I accepted a special recognition on behalf of Columbia for the University’s participation in the Moot every year since its inception 25 years ago. I have just learned that the Columbia team advanced to the elimination rounds. Way to go! As in the other cities, I was lucky enough to catch up with many alumni and meet a handful of incoming students. It was great fun!


Now I am back in New York, working hard with the GLS team to finish shaping the Class of 2019. It’s looking good! My next travel destination will be back in Germany for LL.M. Day in Berlin on April 7th.


If you are outside of the US, be sure to check the Admissions Events tab on our website for chances to learn more about our Program at Columbia from LL.M. alums or me. If you’re visiting New York, stop by our office! We’d love to meet you.


Sylvia T. Polo is the Dean of Graduate Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. Outside of the Law School, she is a valuable contributor to her intramural volleyball team.