Meet the LLM Class: Jieyun (Lucy) Zhang

Incoming LLM Lucy Zhang is from Shanghai, China. She received her bachelor of law degree from Fudan University and a master of law degree from the China University of Political Science and Law. She participated in the exchange program at the University of Montreal. She’s been a transaction lawyer in the Shanghai office of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP for several years. After she completes her LLM degree, she will continue her career with Faegre.

Welcome to Minnesota Law! Can you tell us why you decided to get an LLM from Minnesota Law?

Over the years, my colleagues and I have represented our clients in both the U.S. and China to pursue business opportunities in both counties. We are curious to know more about the legal system, the history, culture, and every interesting aspect of this country from food to landscaping, not only to better serve our clients, but also to embrace as friends. Faegre has a long-term program with Minnesota Law. Many of my colleagues also have participated in this program. From them, I know this is an excellent school, an awesome international program team, and outstanding professors teaching extraordinary courses.

What are you looking forward to most during your year in Minnesota?

The legal system and educational systems of the U.S. and China are fundamentally different. I am deeply attracted by those cases that demonstrate these differences and also classes that use Socratic methods. I have to acknowledge that reading assignments here are a bit overwhelming, even for me being a lawyer for many years, but I really enjoy it. I look forward to encountering more interesting cases and brainstorms in the coming year.

Minnesota Law strives to embody a culture of equity, inclusiveness, and belonging in the classroom and in our community. What are some of the most important aspects of creating a culture where all students feel like they belong?

Frequent student activities outside of class. Those could be for any topic, through any manner, such as information sessions, community services, lectures and seminars, parties, etc. Intensive email notification and greetings are crucial! No matter whether students attend those activities or not, they feel involved when they receive these messages,  

Do you have a hobby or special interests? And/or what do you like to do during your free time?

I like walking, especially for exploring my new surroundings. My plan is to visit every lake in Minneapolis during my stay here – is it possible?

Who inspires you and why?

My boss. She illustrates a perfect example of a lawyer who has solid expertise, pure passion for this occupation, an interesting soul, and, most important, emotional stability. I feel really lucky to have her as my mentor in my career.

What’s the most recent book or podcast you’ve read or listened to?

Contract Law, An Integrated Approach

Finally, if someone is traveling to your country, what should they do or see?

Beijing – Forbidden City and Summer Palace

Shanghai –  the Bund and the Yu Garden

Chongqing and Chengdu – hotpot and panda

Jiuzhaigou and Shangri-La – Garden of Eden

On the top of the list - Do homework on Chinese delicacies! And I would recommend the bible for this topic: “A Bite of China.”