Alumni Highlight: Vladimir L'Ouverture, LL.M. Tax ‘20, PricewaterhouseCoopers New York City

Vladimir graduated from UCI Law’s Graduate Tax Program in May of 2020. Since then, he’s been working at PricewaterhouseCoopers New York City, specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions Tax. Vladimir grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is also where he met his wife, Caitlin. To pass the time, they enjoy movie nights at home, going to the beach and taking mini road trips in the surrounding northeast area.
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Q: How did UCI Law prepare you for your legal practice?
UCI Law, specifically the Graduate Tax Program, prepared me for practice by giving me a plethora of skill sets not offered in other graduate tax programs. For example, in addition to the standard tax courses, we were offered tax clinics, tax externships, accounting, excel and alteryx & tableau (visualization software) courses. These courses offer exposure to what tax lawyers will see in the practice in ways no other programs currently match.

Q: What do you like best about your work?
I work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in NYC, specializing in M&A Tax. What I like best about my work is that I constantly face new challenges and improve my practice. The variety of tax structures and sections of the tax code I work with on a consistent basis means I get to learn something new every day.

Q: What was the best part about being a student at UCI Law?

Definitely the professors and my classmates. It felt so communal. We would regularly socialize with the professors outside of class. I still communicate with (and visit) many of my classmates to this day, and I consider them close friends. All of this is accentuated when taking into account we only had 1 semester together in person (COVID made most of our second semester virtual). Also, having the beach ~10 minutes away was a plus!

Q: How do you stay involved with the UCI Law community?
Since graduating in 2020, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to participate in UCI Law in NYC; organized by Professor Blank, which allows current students and alumni interested in practicing in the Big Apple an opportunity to network with one another. Further, I often communicate with UCI Law students interested in working in NYC, providing them thoughts on my experience, tips, and what to expect. Any UCI Law students looking to work in NYC can always reach out to me on LinkedIn!