Students and graduates from your country share their experiences of living and studying with us.
Student name: Ali Ishaq
Course title: LLB
Year of graduation: 2013
Why did you choose Cardiff University?
Cardiff is a microcosm of London – where I now work – a melting pot of culture. This made me receptive to traditions and culturally intelligent.
Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?
Cardiff Law School had a strong emphasis on formal legal work following graduation and, to that end, a number of talks by legal professionals were organised. These provided authentic insight into the work environment that many of us were striving to work in.
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
My time in Cardiff was characterised by different experiences as I went through law school and met people from all over the world.
Are you a member of any clubs or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?
In my three years, I was not only an active member of the Pakistani students' society, but also a student warden, an editor for the University newspaper and a writer for the Cardiff University Law Society.
How has the University supported you during your time here?
The practical sessions that the Law School organised, coupled with the excellent careers service - in particular, Helen McNally - helped me train for the interview that led to my current job. The personal tutor system at the Law School was excellent and I derived great help and support from my tutor throughout my time in Cardiff.
What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?
My advice to fellow Pakistanis coming to Cardiff would be to work hard and take advantage of all the opportunities that their School in particular and the University in general offer. Integration into the undergraduate way of life is easy as long as you are willing to step up.
What are you currently doing?
I currently work for Reed Smith, an international law firm, headquartered in the US, with offices in Europe, Middle East and Asia. So far, I have practiced in the Financial Industry Group with a focus on real estate finance and am currently doing general commercial litigation in Reed Smith's Commercial Disputes Group.
What are your future plans?
I want to stay in the UK legal sector and aspire to be a successful commercial lawyer.