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Practical experience is vital

The recipient of the Queen Mary scholarship, Mariam Dawood, reveals that teachers, parents and peers were all instrumental in her success

Written by By Peter Quinn |

Mariam Dawood
Mariam Dawood, recipient of the Queen Mary scholarship, with the Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme, Simon Askey

I want to extend my horizons and visit a court, maybe get an internship with a firm, and get to know how the system works here

My father is a businessman. He always wanted to be a lawyer. I liked law and really wanted to be a lawyer, so it comes from him. And when I was in Grade 3 my teachers used to point at me, at the way I spoke, and said you should be a lawyer one day. It was something that people used to say.

I did my Grade 9 in Canada. There was this family gathering and there was a friend who was doing her master's in Law. There was a debate about women's rights and I thought, OK, she makes some sense, I want to be like her. Then I took A level law and really liked it.

In my first year at SZABIST my teachers were very helpful. It's not like I was good at law all the time, but my teachers were very motivating. I enjoyed the lectures, things were made easier. Criminal law is of one the hardest courses. I loved Criminal! I really like that part of law which is applicable: there is sentencing, there are these crimes going on. I could apply it.

Studying the LLB has given me confidence.

The VLE and the recorded lectures were so useful. Before my Criminal exam, William Wilson did an entire lecture and said we are not looking at correct answers, we are looking at people actually answering like lawyers. I applied that in my exam and got 72 per cent, so that was really helpful. I've never, ever got a distinction before in my life, so this was a dream. 

Doing an LLB requires dedication. I used to go through all the worksheets and that really helped me. My teachers, my parents, they all supported me. My peers believed in me more than I did. Studying the LLB has given me confidence.

I would like to be an in-house solicitor, that's what I plan on doing. In Pakistan, especially, we need corporate lawyers, because the law is actually getting tougher and tougher.

In Pakistan we need corporate lawyers, because the law is actually getting tougher and tougher.

I'm planning on getting some practical experience here in London. I think that's vital. Getting an LLB degree is good, but it's not enough. So I want to extend my horizons and visit a court, maybe get an internship with a firm, and get to know how the system works here.

  • Mariam studied at SZABIST for the first year of her LLB, a Registered Centre for the University of London International Programmes.
  • Having received the highest marks worldwide for the University of London Level 4 LLB exams, she was awarded the Queen Mary scholarship to study Years 2 and 3 of her LLB at Queen Mary University of London.