Case study

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) — Soroush Fini

Soroush Fini graduated with a GDL from The University of Law (ULaw) in 2017 and is now going on to study for his LPC - having been offered a training contract by leading law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner

I've been running my own immigration firm in London. I'm a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), providing advice on moving to Canada. After a period of deep reflection, I realised that I wanted to move into the law - it suits my skills, experience and personality.

My academic background is actually in mechanical engineering. I have a PhD in the subject, but it's law that will bring me career fulfilment. My career goal is to become a commercial solicitor and hopefully one day to become a partner at an international firm.

I decided to continue working at the same time as studying the GDL because I'd grown to rely on a regular salary. Balancing work and study is no walk in the park, but being able to attend university for three days per week made it achievable - as did the amount of support I received.

ULaw has a great student community. I enjoyed relaxing with my course mates after a day of lectures and also meeting up over a coffee to discuss our assignments. This was great for me as running my own business can be quite isolating.

ULaw's Employability Service is brilliant. Their advice, patience and support during the training contract application process was invaluable. My tutors were also very available and their one-on-one support is something I am very grateful for.

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