Diana Patman

What country are you from and where did you get your law degree?

I am from Russia and obtained my law degree at Astrakhan State University, located in Astrakhan, Russia.

Tell me something about yourself and your country of origin.

Everything that has always made Russia wonderful, no matter who rules, from the Kremlin is jokes, excellent conversation, passionate friendship, heroic hospitality, banyas and a love of art and music.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate degree in the US and what attracted you to SMU?

I got the opportunity to relocate to the USA and my goal has been to improve my international legal skills so I can start practicing law in the USA. I spent months researching various types of programs that would fit my passion. I found the SMU International L.L.M. Program to be the best fit for me to continue my education which will help me to reach my potential and professional goals.

What has been your favorite class?

International Petroleum Transactions with Professor James Coleman

What are you planning to do after graduation?

I am planning to sit for the Texas Bar Examination and practice law in Texas.

What tips or advise do you have for a new LL.M. student?

Be yourself.  Go to class. Stay healthy.