People call this “lawyer in Germany” Araceli Rojo Corral. She lives in Hannover since 2014 and works in a law firm in the same city. She is the mother of a boy and the wife of a German (he is the reason of the adventure).


I am from the capital of the kingdom of Spain. I am the third of four children, three boys and I. I decided to study law because my older brother told me that was the best option for my future due to the fact that I loved to act and read. I agreed. The first years were a disaster. I wondered what I was doing there. The classes were tedious. Men in suits sat at a table and with a front manual written by them, used to read for 45 minutes. I looked at them and imagine their miserable lives. Why doing that with your time? They could be making millions of exciting things but they prefer to be sitting there reading. So I concluded that the law was that and being a lawyer was that.


I spend three years of my life like this  without attending those classes. The cafeteria and the hallways were much more interesting. People talked there about philosophy, jokes and boys. Many teachers passed through the halls and looked askance over the smoke of our cigars, thinking that the future was lost. I look back to them thinking that the future was killed by then. We just wanted to live passionately and that did not pass to attend those classes and read those manuals.


In the third year, the Commercial Law professor came. The Law and I came to terms. Being a lawyer was to be advocate of Justice and Peace. Study the laws meant to ask questions about our own existence and classes were 45 minutes of emotions in which if he pointed you with his finger (from anywhere in the room) you had to respond with the most ingenious idea that crossed your mind. That meant always be alert. I graduated two years later with the best notes I’ve had in my life. Just because someone had passion in what he does and he had known how to transmit it. I do not know what would have become of me if this professor didn’t cross in my way. So important is the teaching profession.


I worked two years in an office doing everything: from photocopying to going to Court. They didn’t pay much but they valued a lot, they delegated a lot and I learned a lot. Later, wanting to jump to the international law branch and freshen up, I spent a year working as a Research Assistant at IESE Business School. I read a lot; I learned to write with scientific rigor and attended classes that are worth a lot of money as a listener.


After a year and my first article published under my arm, I decided to specialize in the international sector (the German had already entered my life). LL.M. in International Law, Foreign Trade and International Relations. There I made friends for life; I met my personal and professional boundaries and learned to overcome them.


After a scholarship in the Bavaria zone of Germany in an international company, I moved to Hannover and I’m still here. Things have not been easy but could have been worse. I am grateful for what I learned and expectant about the future. I begin this blog with humility and self-demand.


A lawyer in Germany

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