Non-law case study – Soroush Fini

What’s it like to convert via the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) after studying a different subject for your degree? To find out, we asked Soroush Fini, a recent GDL graduate.

I graduated the GDL at The University of Law (ULaw) in April 2017. I ran my own business at the same time as studying and the hard work has paid off; leading firm Berwin Leighton Paisner has offered me a training contract, which I’ll start after completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in 2018.

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.

Non-law background

It’s never too late to explore new avenues and follow your dreams, and you certainly don’t have to take a traditional route to your chosen career. Working while studying the GDL definitely takes hard graft but it also has benefits. The experience I gained at work helped me excel in the classroom and I also learned a great deal on the course that helped with the day-to-day running of my business.

My academic background is actually in mechanical engineering. I have a PhD in the subject, but law is what 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.

Balancing work and study

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.

Postgrad student community

The University of Law 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.

Careers support

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.

I feel great about graduating. It marks the beginning of a new chapter and I’m excited to start the LPC this month. I’m also going to continue running my business while studying the LPC.

For more detail, see The University of Law's LawCareers.Net profile.