A Law graduate from City, University of London, was called to the bar one day before his graduation ceremony.

By Matthew Little (Communications Officer), Published

Abdul Qudoos Sohal (LLB Law 2020), who has since gone onto complete an LLM and the Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) at City, reflected on his journey as the student speaker at his City Law School graduation ceremony.

Abdul and the class of 2020 saw their original graduation ceremonies delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Just one day before his graduation, Abdul was called to the Bar and wore a classic tie wig before he doffed his graduation cap 24-hours later.

Abdul Qudoos Sohal (LLB Law 2020) dons the classic tie wig as he is called to the Bar.
Abdul Qudoos Sohal (LLB Law 2020) dons the classic tie wig as he is called to the Bar.

“I wanted to become a barrister so I chose to continue studying the Bar at City,” said Abdul.

“It has been a hectic few days as just yesterday I was called to the Bar of England and Wales as part of The Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn, so I can now practice as a barrister in court,” he continued.

Abdul was an active member of City’s communities where he worked as a Student Councilor at City’s Students’ Union and was President of both the International Student Society and Grays Inn Society.

Since graduating Abdul has been working as a Managing Parter at his law firm, Sohal Law Chambers in home country of Pakistan.

Abdul Qudoos Sohal (LLB Law 2020), wears his gown at graduation.
Abdul Qudoos Sohal (LLB Law 2020), wears his gown at graduation.

He also regularly teaches students at the Blackstone School of Law and Business and Superior College in Lahore, Pakistan.

I have always felt inspired to pass on the knowledge that I have gained during my studies.

This feeling has stayed with me throughout my time at City and now that I have graduated I am teaching tort law, trust law and professional ethics to around 600-700 students. I hope to inspire my students the same way that my City professors inspired me.

Today was a very proud day for my classmates and I. We have all since moved on with our careers or started further studies, but to be able to come back to City and celebrate with our friends and lectures is a special moment for us.

We are all ambassadors of City and this special moment will stay with us all for the rest of our lives.

– Abdul Qudoos Sohal (LLB Law 2020)

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