Until 1998, Brian Kurzmann had been living a relatively typical American life. Yet as he got older and built up career experience, he began to yearn for a more dramatic change, a yearning that grew along with his desire to see of the world. So, in 1997, he applied for and was accepted into the “Young Lawyers Program” of the German Academic Exchange Service, a German government-sponsored program akin to the Fulbright program in the U.S. This 10-month study fellowship featured eight months of in-residence studies at the University of Tübingen and the Ministry of Justice of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and a concluding 2-month internship of students’ own choosing. As part of this program, Brian and his 15 colleagues selected from eight countries visited governmental and industry sites, and attended lectures given by German scholars and judges. Brian selected the German headquarters of Hewlett-Packard for his 2-month internship.
Spending 10 months in another country and studying their legal system was bound to be a life-altering experience. As a direct result of this time abroad, Brian was offered a position with the law firm of Clifford Chance in their Frankfurt, Germany office.