Prior to arriving at SOAS I spent two years working in China, and it was there that I met an alumna of the School of Law. I was in the process of applying to read law at the time, and the way that she spoke so highly of SOAS prompted me to research the university. I discovered that SOAS law school has a relatively small intake. This was a significant attraction for me, as the staff-student ratio allows for closer interaction during lectures and tutorials.
"Broad range of subjects"
I wanted to continue studying Mandarin Chinese alongside my law degree and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the university offers each of its students the opportunity to study a language here for free.
Not only this, but SOAS offers a range of law modules rarely seen at other institutions, which played a significant part in the decision to make SOAS my first choice of university. The broad range of subjects includes Legal Systems of Asia & Africa, Islamic Law, and Chinese Law, to name but a few. It is my belief that these are modules that set SOAS graduates apart from other law graduates. They are of course also important areas of study in preparation for joining an increasingly globalised legal profession.
My future plan is to qualify as a barrister. I am Co-President of the SOAS Bar Society, which provides law students who share this ambition with support and guidance, through workshops, talks, trips and mooting competitions. This year members of the society visited the International Criminal Court.
Above all, SOAS challenges the way that I think. The quality of teaching is exceptionally high and the law curriculum is academically rigorous. With the university being on the doorstep of legal London, there are few law schools in such a convenient location. I will be proud to one-day say that I am a graduate of this university.