Sebastien Oddos ’10 LL.M. holds a law degree from the University of Paris, along with an LL.M. from King’s College School of Law in London. But despite his advanced training, and even though he has already practiced for nine years as an intellectual property lawyer in France and England, he still felt there was something missing.
“You always want to know what’s out there,” Oddos says. “Especially in my field, you are always looking to the U.S.”
As an LL.M. student at Columbia Law School, Oddos has been able to indulge his professional passions for IP and telecommunications by taking classes with such professors as Jane Ginsburg, Tim Wu, Harold Edgar, and Eben Moglen—all long regarded as thought leaders in those fields. “I didn’t know how good the professors really were until I got here,” Oddos says. “They are always listening to you, and they’re always concerned.”
That, he says, was not the norm during his legal studies in France, and Oddos took full advantage of his opportunities to interact with faculty members at the Law School. “I am amazed by how humble these people are, considering how important they are in their fields,” he says.
Oddos particularly relished his experience conducting copyright research in French for Ginsburg, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Paris and is an expert in both French and U.S. copyright law. “She has the comparative experience and broad-minded approach that few professors have,” he says, adding "working with her was a life-changing experience."
Oddos is currently talking with several technology and telecommunication companies about in-house counsel positions. Even though he has spent much of his working life immersed in those industries, he never ceases to be amazed by how quickly technology advances and becomes an integral part of daily life.
“What makes me tick is content and creation,” Oddos says. “I think that’s where the excitement is.”