Andres Alvarez-Cordero

What country are you from and where did you get your law degree?
I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I obtained my law degree.

Tell us something about yourself and your country of origin.
For as long as I can remember, I have always tried to help others in achieving their goals. That is perhaps the most compelling reason for becoming a lawyer. I do my best to assist others, work hard, be kind and always be open to new learning experiences and challenges. Mexico is a vast country in terms of culture and gastronomy, rich in history, architecture and natural beauties. It also has many challenges to overcome. Mexican hospitality and service culture is probably amongst the best in the world. Mexicans tend to be friendly, helpful and open to new cultures and adventures.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate degree in the U.S. and what attracted you to SMU Law?
I thought of seeking a graduate degree in the US mainly for practical reasons. Personal and professional, of course, but mostly practical. Sitting for the Texas Bar Exam. I had the opportunity to come to Dallas and practice as a foreign legal consultant, enabling U.S. businesses going to Mexico and Latin America and vice versa. During my first year in town, I realized the need to become licensed in the U.S., not only to further enable my legal practice, but also, and most importantly, to be able to help others from the legal trenches. As Mexico is a civil law jurisdiction, the first step to obtain a U.S. license to practice law is to become educated in common law principles and practices. SMU Law was the obvious choice for me.

What has been your favorite class?
All classes were great! Professors were always available for questions and insights on their subject matters and practice tips. My classmates were smart, always willing to help and wonderful to meet. If I had to choose for a favorite class, I would say –not in a particular order- Real Estate Transactions, Evidence, Professional Responsibility and Business Enterprises.

What is our favorite thing to do in Dallas?
Dallas has a lot to offer. Not only its outdoors such as the Arboretum, the Klyde Warren Park and its food trucks, the Vitruvian Park and its wonderful Christmas lights, but also its culture, from the DMA to the Nasher Sculpture Center and, obviously the Meadows right here at SMU, not to mention the professional sports events available in town.

What are you planning to do after graduation?
Spend more time with the family and continue helping others in achieving their goals.

What tips or advise do you have for a new LL.M. student?
It’s all about the journey… enjoy, enjoy, enjoy… the beautiful SMU Campus, the great professors and wonderful classmates!! Study hard, but always enjoy!!