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Ali Movaghar

Master of Laws
Ali Movaghar

Ali is now a PhD student. He chose to study City's LLM in Maritime Law for it's reputation, ethnic diversity, location & specialist expertise

Ali is a PhD student and holds an LLM in Maritime Law, a BSc in Nautical Science, a BEng in Electrical Engineering and two Maritime Certificates of Competency in Deck and Engine departments.

Why did you choose to study the Master of Laws?

I used to work as a seafarer on board commercial ships where I learned a lot about international shipping and noticed the significance of international trade by sea. I also became familiar with different legal documents in the shipping industry and developed a passion for maritime law which is why I decided to deepen my legal knowledge by doing an LLM in that niche area of law.

Which modules/specialism did you choose to study and why?

Due to my maritime experience, I naturally opted for the specialism in Maritime Law and chose modules that were most relevant to my background and offered me an understanding of both private and public law aspects of the maritime world, namely Carriage of Goods by Sea, Marine Insurance, Admiralty Law, International Trade Law and International Law of the Sea.

Why did you choose The City Law School?

I chose City because City University of London is a renowned name amongst people who intend to specialise in Maritime Law. This is because in addition to being located in the capital of the world of maritime law, City has an excellent reputation for high-quality teaching and is also a member institute of the University of London.

What makes City unique?

In no particular order, City is located in the heart of legal London; there is great ethnic diversity in staff and students; the LLM courses cover many niche areas of law; the courses are very flexible i.e. the freedom to choose modules from other specialisms is incredible; and lastly, the modules are taught by well-known academics and practitioners who are knowledgeable and experienced in their field. All these attributes together make City unique.

Did you take part in any extracurricular activities? (The student Law Society, mooting, pro bono, etc.)

There is an impressive array of extracurricular activities, including learning a language for free, for City students to participate in. I took part in City Careers Events which helped me present my CV in a more effective way and design a road map to my goals.

How has studying the Master of Laws helped you to take the next steps in your career?

The LLM gave me a springboard for different careers. I applied for training contracts and I progressed well in some of the applications but in the end, I decided to do a PhD course as I won a scholarship. The original research that I did for my LLM dissertation, equipped me with research skills and inspired me to take up the challenge of doing a PhD in order to start out a career in academia.

What do you enjoy most about studying in London?

Given that London is extremely diverse in many respects, studying in such an incredible cosmopolitan metropolis means that there is always one activity or another for everyone to enjoy. I personally like London’s beautiful parks, its free museums and public libraries. If I can’t get hold of any book I need for my research, I am sure that I will find it in the largest library in the world, the British Library.

What advice or tips would you give to future Master of Laws students?

My top tip is that since doing an LLM requires a lot of independent reading and research, always try to familiarise yourself with the relevant cases and subject matters before attending the classes. Also, try to make the most of City Careers Events and networking events as they will greatly help you improve your future employability.