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Mohamedali Gokal

Mohammedali Gokal

Mohamedali is putting his legal knowledge to practice as a trainee at a London Magic Circle law firm.


Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

The City Law School has a unique reputation. Situated in the heart of London, I knew it offered a great launchpad into the legal profession, offering a very practical and hands-on learning experience.

This proved to be the case. City's support went a long way to helping me secure a training contract. In particular:

  • The Law School obtained an interview for me with Allen & Overy for a one week placement at the end of my first year. A friend and I were fortunate enough to be offered the work experience, which cemented my interest in becoming a solicitor at a city law firm;
  • Lecturers were always on hand to provide guidance on the application process and interview technique: one or two lecturers, who in the past had practised as city solicitors, were particularly helpful;
  • The Careers team organised mock interviews for me in my second year, which gave me a taste for what was to come. This was an invaluable resource; and
  • The City Law School Fair allowed me to have direct exposure with a host of firms and chambers, which again was really beneficial.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

We had a great cohort and there was a great camaraderie amongst us. We had some first-class lecturers, who were not only very experienced and well-regarded within their chosen field of expertise, but also personable, approachable and generally operated an "open-door" policy.

What has been your favourite module and why?

I enjoyed a number of my modules, but the ones that stand out the most would be: International Commercial Arbitration, US Constitutional Law and Employment Law.

I have always enjoyed public law, and as such studying US Constitutional Law, inexorably intertwined with the unique history and development of the United States, was intriguing. We had the opportunity to explore early constitutional theory, freedom of speech, slavery, the civil rights movement, privacy and abortion, and much more.

International Commercial Arbitration demonstrated both the great challenges but also opportunities that come with ADR. It is clearly a nascent but very important area which students and practitioners of the law must be alive to.

Employment and discrimination law is constantly evolving, and cannot escape from the influences that UK politics has upon it. It caught my attention in my third year.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

There were a number of highlights of my time at City, ranging from the all-nighters in the library to celebrations at the end of exams. Rather predictably, the one memory which I'll probably never forget is of graduation, which was very bittersweet.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I currently work as a trainee solicitor at Linklaters.