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SOAS Law students secure triple number of training contracts with Clifford Chance

6 January 2014

Leading international law firm, Clifford Chance, has offered a total of seven London training contracts to students studying law at SOAS, University of London in 2012/13.

This is more than triple the number of training contracts offered in previous years, where on average one or two have been secured by SOAS students.

SOAS students are particularly appealing to the firm as they offer language skills, cultural diversity, and knowledge of other legal systems which can support Clifford Chance’s plans for growth in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Laura Yeates, Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager at Clifford Chance said: “SOAS students have a unique offering. The breadth of study and the modules covered, we find, are different – so not conforming to the traditional mould means the students can display a more dexterous approach to problem solving.”

When asked how SOAS prepared him for this next step, SOAS LLB Law Single Honours student Joynul Khan, who is due to start a training contract with Clifford Chance next year, said: “Studying at SOAS helps you stand out from the crowd. You are instantly interacting and learning with people from all over the world, especially given the focus on Asia, Africa and the Middle East.”

Umraan Naeem felt well prepared for his interviews because of the “incredibly diverse and specialist modules the course at SOAS has to offer”. He said: “Studying at SOAS, you meet and work with people with an incredibly diverse array of cultures, languages and personalities. This combined with the internationally focused legal education enables SOAS students to look beyond the borders of domestic law and adopt an international perspective when analysing legal and commercial issues.”

Likewise, Ayanda Kweyama, also due to graduate in LLB Law Single Honours in 2014, commented: “The LLB at SOAS is unique in that it performs a dual function: you obtain a qualifying LLB Law degree and you learn about the legal systems in key emerging markets. The course also covers philosophy which helps you to critique the different ways of constructing law. The international outlook students acquire in the course of their studies is of great importance especially as the world becomes more globalised. I feel really enthusiastic about the next stage and cannot wait to get started!”

Head of School of Law at SOAS Paul Kohler said: “Our LLB attracts students who want to make a difference, both within the Law and beyond, on the local, national and  international stage. The School of Law has always been a fertile recruiting ground for NGOs, governments and the UN, but these days the percentage of our graduates awarded training contracts with Magic Circle Law firms is one of the highest in the country. This is a fitting recognition of the worldwide relevance of the SOAS LLB and the excellence of graduates who we know will make their mark at one of the world’s leading firms of global law - Clifford Chance.”

SOAS students are due to start their training contracts from September 2014.

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