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Emir Kaya

I urge my prospective friends to inquire about the School of Law and SOAS in general as I feel confident that they might find themselves here soon.

PhD Law - Year 3

I had known SOAS as a compact institution that dealt with a choice of subjects but in the best way. Coming here has not surprised me in this respect but the friendliness of the environment really did! At SOAS, I feel more alive and humane while fulfilling academic requirements. SOAS, for me, means a total personal advancement, not merely vocational.

The law department, like any other beyond SOAS, has its own strengths such as international law, human rights, religious and regional laws, and socio-legal studies. In general, SOAS School of Law is an ideal place for broad-mindedness to realise how the concept of law stands in contact with numerous scholarly disciplines while varying across the world at the same time. Here, we choose to specialise in different fields of law but we all develop a global, interdisciplinary and theoretical as well as practical awareness. My experience with my supervisor and colleagues inside and outside the classrooms has been life-changing: law has come to mean much more than a technical science of a nation-state or formal bodies. What does it conceal and in what forms does it make visible? Where does it stand in life as a whole and how could and should it function in life?

Finally, what makes one a lawyer of passion for justice and wisdom that is beyond political and ideological gains? I urge my prospective friends to inquire about the School of Law and SOAS in general as I feel confident that they might find themselves here soon.

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