LLM Class of 2019: Pierre Arrouy's Global Career Fueled by International Trade and Business Law LLM

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hometown: Bordeaux, France
Education: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.); Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures, La Roche sur Yon, France: Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Business Law; Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, Caen, France: Master of Arts (M.A.) in History

Pierre Arrouy’s career and outlook on law can best be described with one word: global.

In a matter of a few years, he went from practicing law on the French west coast to U.S. transplant working for a French-U.S. business consulting firm in Chicago to earning his U.S. law degree in Tucson at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Now, he is graduating with his second University of Arizona Law degree: a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Trade and Business Law.

“With globalization and all the changes that are going on with world organizations, getting this degree is an asset, because today international law is more and more pervasive in national legal systems,” Arrouy says.

Arrouy first came to University of Arizona Law for the JD for non-U.S. Lawyers program, which allowed him to earn a JD in two years and sit for the bar exam to practice law in the United States.

He says he appreciated the personal outreach he received from the college during his application process and, once he arrived, quickly adapted to his new surroundings.

“The weather is perfect here” he notes.

After earning his JD in 2018, he passed the bar exam and stayed on at Arizona Law for more specialized study with the International Trade and Business Law LLM.

He says students considering the program can expect to receive “the best professional and international business foundation. Also, Professor [Sergio] Puig and Professor [David] Gantz are absolutely amazing,” he says of the ITBL program leadership.

Now with his JD and LLM in hand, he plans to transition back to a full-time position with IMS, the firm he worked for in Chicago.

Arrouy says he has enjoyed the diversity at Arizona Law and appreciates how accessible professors have been.

“The professors really care,” he says.

Adding that he will miss many things about Arizona Law, it’s the people he met who made the biggest impression.

“I have made strong ties here, both with students and professors,” says Arrouy.