As A U.S. Qualified Attorney, Trainee Solicitor Builds A Strong Case

UK law graduate, Philipp Hagenbuch, studied with BARBRI to pass the New York State Bar Exam, aspiring to a successful future career path with the world’s highest grossing law firm.

MY NAME IS PHILIPP HAGENBUCH and I was sworn in to the New York Bar in 2016. I am a trainee solicitor in the London office of U.S. law firm Latham & Watkins and I am the only one of my intake that is U.S. qualified. I enrolled in BARBRI as recommended by friends who were studying U.S. law and the investment has paid off. Being qualified as a U.S. attorney is an impressive accolade and imperative in realising my goals within my law firm, Latham & Watkins.

Being born in Germany and raised in Sao Paulo, I knew that I wanted to work in an international environment from a young age. Internships at Brazilian law firms early on gave me the thirst for a legal career. Upon moving to the U.K. to complete a 4-year law degree at University College London and vacation schemes, I was offered Training Contracts and undertook internships at Brazilian law firms and W&C in Munich.

All this experience helped me secure a Training Contract with Latham & Watkins (London). I had always wanted to join this well-established, highly ranked law firm. A key decider, too, was that the London office plays a significant role in the firm’s global practices and thought leadership. I look forward to qualifying as an associate with Latham & Watkins in September 2017 and pursuing a career in financial transactional work.

The London office of Latham & Watkins boasts a high yield bonds team that includes more than 50 U.S. qualified lawyers. So qualifying as a New York attorney through BARBRI was imperative to be able to make the most of that area of practice.

With BARBRI I had all the tools for success on the bar: programme manuals, schedule, lectures with handouts, mock examinations and also the BARBRI Mobile App for multiple-choice question answering techniques (these were daunting and I was at a disadvantage against U.S. law students). I understand the anxiety when sitting the New York bar as it does have a reputation for being tough. If you focus on the techniques and have the right approach, BARBRI will serve you well.