Position: Trainee Legal Consultant at DLA Piper
Location: Manama, Bahrain
Degree: LLM 2015
HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION AT SOAS BENEFIT YOU IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND THROUGHOUT YOUR TRAINING CONTRACT AT DLA PIPER? IN PARTICULAR, WHAT ROLE DID YOUR LLM DEGREE PLAY IN THE PROCESS?
The modules I took in SOAS and the activities I joined, such as the Willem C. Vis Moot, enhanced my critical thinking, writing and research skills. My experiences during SOAS have provided me with a foundation of skills that enabled me to better contribute to the DLA Piper Bahrain team.
Moreover, choosing a dissertation topic concerning the legal framework governing foreign direct investment in Bahrain helped me become more analytical about how the legal system works in Bahrain.
WHAT WERE YOUR REASONS FOR TRAINING AT DLA PIPER?
Training at DLA Piper Bahrain was opportune due to the following reasons. DLA Piper is a well-recognised international law firm. Training at the firm provides exposure to multiple practice areas and an intellectually challenging environment. I was also attracted to DLA Piper’s pro-bono initiatives; the firm encourages its lawyers, trainees, paralegals and support staff to commit a certain amount of hours to help the immediate community. The firm’s one-to-one mentoring also offers full guidance throughout the training contract.
WHAT ADVICE, IF ANY, DO YOU HAVE TO SOAS STUDENTS LOOKING TO ENTER THE LEGAL PROFESSION AS SOLICITORS?
I would advise SOAS students looking to enter the legal profession to:
Join the Willem C. Vis Moot or debate or an equivalent activity to help you improve on written and oral advocacy skills
Save a soft copy of all the news articles (local and international) that you find interesting, as this will improve your commercial awareness
Attend legal talks hosted by the university or that are open to the public as it is a great way to network and to increase your commercial awareness