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“When I think of IE University,I think of the diversity, the hands-on experience, the closeness with the professors, and the opportunities”

by Michelle Meier Mattern

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…

“When I think of IE University,
I think of the diversity, the hands-on experience, the closeness with the professors, and the opportunities”

by Michelle Meier Mattern

What do you like most about studying at IE University?

I like that within my group of friends from the university, there is always a minimum of four different backgrounds and nationalities, which allows us to learn a great deal from one another, not only from what we’ve learned academically, but also by sharing our different cultures.

 

When it comes to classes, our professors always make sure to provide us with real-life examples of how their subject is relevant to the everyday life of a lawyer, which makes it easier for us as students to understand what they’re teaching. In addition, because the classes are relatively small compared to other universities, we all have the freedom to ask questions and engage in group discussions, which makes the subject sessions very dynamic.

 

Lastly, because IE University really encourages us to look beyond what goes on in the classroom, we gain an insight into the professional world through networking, talks, and internships. Over the summer, I spent a month doing an internship at one of Spain’s largest law firms, which gave me a real idea of what it’s like to be a lawyer.

7:30 AM
When I wake up I try to squeeze in 15 minutes of morning yoga, to take a deep breath before I start running around and working.

10:30 AM

Today we’ll attend a double session of Accounting and Finance. Though it doesn’t seem directly related to the legal field, it’s still essential to be able to understand the basic principles of accounting and to read a balance sheet.

Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

I’ve been a member of the IEU Event Planning Committee, which enabled me to organize the annual IEU Spring Ball. I’ve also been a class representative for three years in a row, making me the bridge between my class and the administration, and allowing our voices to be heard. I’ve also been part of the IE Legal Clinic, which is a legal lab for students, led by professors and master’s students, that provides pro bono aid for those in need. Overall, I was very happy with the opportunities IE University offers us to be involved in everyday student life, so that we all feel like we’re contributing something to the university.

15:45 PM
One of Spain’s best inventions is the siesta (afternoon nap). The secret is to not take it for longer than 30 minutes. Anything less provides you with a power boost. Anything more will make you feel very tired for the rest of the day.

“[…] because the classes are relatively small compared to other universities, we all have the freedom to ask questions and engage in group discussions”

16:30 PM
I prepare for my classes for the next day, which includes doing the required readings, answering some questions we will be discussing in class, doing some initial research for an upcoming essay, and having a Skype meeting with my group to go over some last points before our final presentation.

What are your favorite subjects and why?

One of my favorite subjects of the past few years was Conflicts and Business Law,on the one hand because I am very interested in the combination of civil law and business, and on the other hand because the professor was great at explaining his field of expertise. Another real treasure I found in our curriculum was Civil Law Property, which discusses property and transaction rights. I liked it because it’s a subject that you have to deal with whether you are a lawyer or not. Lastly, I really enjoyed Legal Thought—which is the equivalent to Legal Philosophy—because though it may not be as practical as the other subjects, I still think it’s interesting and essential to learn about the roots of where today’s laws come from, and to look at the great thinkers that helped shape our society’s ideals.

20:00 PM
I meet up with some friends to go have a drink and some tapas in one of the numerous bars in Madrid, where we catch up, and maybe even make plans on what to do for the weekend, such as visiting the Prado Museum or taking a day trip to Toledo.

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