The Game Changers is a series of short interviews wherein we ask LL.M. graduates to identify one individual who has had a substantial impact on the individual’s LL.M. experience.

There are two purposes of this series: one, to highlight the fact that each LL.M. experience is unique, and two, to recognise individuals who have made an impact on someone’s life.

In this post, Shiv Sidharth discusses the Game Changer in his time as an LL.M. student at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy,  Tufts University. You can read about this LL.M. experience here.

The Game Changer: Lucia Folkes, Former Associate Program Director, LLM in International Law.

Why: If I have  to name one person who has made the bigger contribution to my Fletcher journey, it was Lucia Folkes, the Former Associate Program Director, LLM in International Law at The Fletcher School and currently working at the law firm Mintz Levin to help run their student recruiting and internship program.

Throughout my LLM program, I saw her maintaining a positive and helpful attitude towards the concerns of the students. On the personal level, she not only helped me in giving the basic orientation of LLM program, choosing my credits/modules, making me acquainted with working style of professors, but she gave more valuable student-life lessons and provided new opportunities to get maximum of my LLM program.

She remained more of a friend. When the COVID lockdown forced closure of the campus, Lucia helped tirelessly to ship my luggage and personal belongings back to me in India. She also ensured that I get all my refunds and other costs incurred for re-location.

Even after graduating from Fletcher, she is helping me out with her advice, recommendation and other career opportunities.