BA Law and Politics
When I was looking into which university to apply for, I knew that I wanted the following: I wanted to live in a city but study somewhere that is not too big, I wanted to study law but do more than just the “standard” law modules and I wanted to study at an international university with an open-minded student body. SOAS ticked all these boxes: it’s located in the heart of London, has a very international student body and it’s a relatively small and very friendly place. Most importantly, it offers a broad range of courses and a number of unique modules that really set it apart from other universities.
Studying Law and Politics at SOAS allowed me to combine my interest in Chinese politics, history and culture with modules that would help me become a lawyer later on. I completed some core law modules, studied Chinese law and politics and even got to do a module of Chinese (language).
I thoroughly enjoyed studying alongside other students from all over the world. The international atmosphere has not only enriched (political) discussions in tutorials and lectures, it has also meant that I now have friends living all over the world, who work for charities, the UN, different kinds of companies or have become lawyers like me.
I am grateful for everything I’ve learned at SOAS, the people I met and the great time I had there as a student. SOAS is a great institution with lecturers who have a deep understanding of Asia and Africa, something that is particularly important in times of political uncertainty, terrorism and religious tensions as we are experiencing them at the moment. Having studied at SOAS and picked up some of this knowledge has certainly opened a number of doors and has helped me get to where I am today!
After graduating from SOAS, Friederike went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course before being a trainee solicitor with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. She now practices Law in Germany.