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Previous sessions for University of California, Berkeley


About the session

  • Aprajita Tyagi - Aprajita is a Technology and Privacy counsel with over 5 years of experience managing commercial contracts, product counselling, and data privacy. Currently, she is working as a Commercial Counsel for Elasticsearch, Inc. She graduated from UC Berkeley, School of law, with a specialization in Technology and Business laws and is a certified privacy professional (CIPP/US). She also serves on the Legislative Committee of California Lawyers Association- Privacy Section and is the vice chair for ABA-IP Women in IP group.

  • Sukriti Gandhi - Sukriti pursued her masters at Berkeley Law with a specialization in Technology and Business Laws and until recently was working at Twitter as a Legal Policy Operations Agent. She obtained her law degree from Amity Law School, Delhi in 2017. After that, she worked as a lawyer and handled matters ranging from consumer disputes to commercial as well as cases of constitutional relevance. 

What's covered in this session

  • Choosing tech law as a specialization

  • Application requirements 

  • Building your CV for an LLM in tech law 

  • Getting an admit from Berkeley with average grades

  • Drafting your CV for Berkeley

  • Diverse vs. Focused work experience in the CV

  • Relevance of extra-curricular activities and volunteer experience 

  • How to write the personal statement for Berkeley

  • Letters of recommendation for Berkeley

  • Cost of studying at Berkeley 

  • Rent in the Bay Area

  • Scholarship opportunities 

  • Employment opportunities 

    • the LLM program is academic in nature, and not ideal for finding employment in the US​

    • jobs in the US are hard to come by

    • JD programs are more suited from an employment standpoint

    • working at a startup in the US

    • number of students who get placed from the LLM cohort 

    • importance of LinkedIn and networking 

    • placement assistance provided by the university 

    • employability in India after graduation

    • job prospects in Europe after getting an LLM

  • Working in the US

    • recruitment process​

    • work culture for lawyers at tech companies

    • working hours

    • cost of living in the Bay Area

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