I graduated from the SOAS Law School following completion of my LL.B. degree in 2013 and am currently working in the Project Finance and Energy departments at one of Pakistan’s leading law firms, HaidermotaBNR & Co.
I joined SOAS as a Year 2 student after studying for a year in Pakistan. I had been enrolled on the University of London External Programme at The Institute for Legal Studies (TILS). Deciding to gain admittance to SOAS was one the best decisions I made! Aside from being taught by professors who were authors of leading law books, the prime charm of SOAS was its diversity – the multicultural student and staff body along with the diverse course options that speak to a globalized world.
SOAS is a place where different cultures and religions meet both in class as part of studying the law as well as socially through its many student societies. While several top ranked universities in the UK may also provide a high quality legal education, in my view, none address the question of how law is influenced by different cultures and religions in the way SOAS Law does.
Joining the second year of the LL.B. from the external programme was challenging. I was inspired by the hands-on attitude of the professors and the high quality of in-class discussion to read extensively in a way I had not during my year on the external programme. This, I believe, would have been the same had I been at any other top universities. But where SOAS trumps these other universities is the effort the professors put in to help students adjust to the demanding environment. In my case, my personal tutor went out of her way to mentor me every week helping me overcome my initial shortcomings to eventually enabling me to score multiple distinctions in my final year.
Studying at SOAS helped me develop a strong work ethic, augment my analytical and communication skills, understand law from a multicultural perspective and love so many diverse cultures and religions of the world.