Filipe Serrano Gama | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs

Filipe Serrano Gama

About me

I’m Filipe and I come from Portugal. My long-held fascination for the social sciences and deep regard for principles such as fairness, equity and justice, propelled my decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in law. This gave me a solid foundation of legal knowledge and critical-thinking skills, but also sparked my interest in the intersection of law with global and public affairs. My career aspirations now revolve around international dispute settlement, public policy consultancy and corporate lobbying, and my overarching goal is to make a substantial and meaningful impact on society within a challenging multicultural work environment.

Filipe Serrano Gama
Master’s student
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Dual Degree Master in International Relations & Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Filipe Serrano Gama | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs

"I wholeheartedly recommend IE University and my program for a truly transformative experience that will undoubtedly shape the course of your future and allow you to reach your full potential."

Filipe Serrano Gama

Enhancing his background in law with an international outlook

Filipe Serrano Gama is a determined, bold and ambitious individual. With long-term career aspirations in international arbitration and public policy, he came to IE University with a desire to augment and refine his already diverse skill set, grounded in the belief that a comprehensive understanding of international relations would enhance his ability to navigate the intricate web of global disputes. “I sought a master's program that would complement my legal background while simultaneously enhancing it with a strong international outlook.”

Filipe Serrano Gama | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs

IE University proved to be the perfect fit for him. The interdisciplinary approach offered by the Dual Degree Master in International Relations & Master of Laws (LL.M.) ensures that he is equipped not only with deep legal expertise but also with a nuanced understanding of the political, economic and cultural factors that often underpin international disputes. Add to that a well-rounded skill set that goes beyond traditional legal education, and Filipe will be able to differentiate himself in the ever-changing legal landscape—and, crucially, gain a strong edge in today’s increasingly competitive job market.

Also taking into consideration the extensive and international network of alliances that IE University has with organizations such as APSIACIVICA and the Law Schools Global League, which Filipe says “demonstrates the university’s commitment to being at the forefront of knowledge across various fields of expertise,” plus the opportunity to study in the vibrant city of Madrid, Filipe knew that he need look no further when he was deciding where he wanted to study.

Before coming to IE University, Filipe was already well on his way to setting himself up as a successful legal professional, with a host of impressive experiences already on his résumé. Amongst them was his selection as a delegate for an international forum hosted by the European Youth Parliament, which brought together representatives from 14 different countries. After conducting extensive research, Filipe proposed legislative measures to establish a legal framework ensuring fair working conditions and equal opportunities for internship seekers, which subsequently received unanimous approval at the general assembly. This is an achievement he is extremely proud of.

Other notable experiences include an immersive experience at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels, a period shadowing a respected attorney in a top-tier Portuguese law firm, and, during his undergraduate studies, the privilege of being appointed as a legal research assistant to one of his professors. It’s not difficult to see Filipe’s passion and enthusiasm for his chosen field.

“If you're looking for an academic institution that provides you with a transformative experience from every possible angle, IE University is the perfect fit for you.”

Filipe Serrano Gama | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs
Filipe Serrano Gama | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs
Filipe Serrano Gama | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs

Now part way through his program, Filipe has no regrets about his decision to study at IE University. Looking back at his journey here so far, he describes it as “exceptional and fulfilling,” adding that it has “massively surpassed my already high expectations.” He highlights the close contact with professors, who bring a vast wealth of experience and knowledge. Their input provides an educational experience that transcends textbook knowledge and is equipping Filipe with essential skills that will allow him a seamless transition into the job market.

Filipe Serrano Gama | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs

The practical teaching methodologies, coupled with a diverse cohort that is rich in different perspectives, encourage teamwork and collaboration, which Filipe says “reflects the reality that success in any organization relies on the combined efforts and dedication of all members working towards a common goal.”

Outside the classroom, Filipe has found the abundant offering of clubs and organizations to be a stand-out aspect of life at IE University. “Whether your passion lies in entrepreneurship, sustainability, or any other field, there is something for you,” he says. He adds that if you have a specific interest but there isn’t a club, IE University Campus Life actively encourages you to take the initiative and start the club yourself.

Filipe has some useful advice for people who are considering pursuing the Dual Degree Master in International Relations & Master of Laws (LL.M.). First, he doesn’t hesitate in advocating IE University as a place to study: “I wholeheartedly recommend IE University and my program for a truly transformative experience that will undoubtedly shape the course of your future and allow you to reach your full potential.”

He highlights the university’s focus on practical skills and experiential learning opportunities, which, he says, “deeply engage students and equip them with practical expertise across a variety of areas, ensuring they are exceptionally well-prepared to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow.” Filipe encourages future students to take advantage of the extensive support provided by IE Talent & Careers, which he says “plays a crucial role in ensuring your success.” And, above all, to seize every opportunity that IE University presents.