Kate Van Akin (JD ’11), recently returned from a semester abroad in London

“I’ve just completed what was probably my favorite semester of law school – a semester at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London!  I chose to go to SOAS specifically because I wanted to specialize in Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, and I wasn’t disappointed.  While at SOAS, I had the chance to conduct research under the direct supervision of some of the leading scholars in the field, and I have formed lasting professional and personal relationships with professors and students from all over the world. The opportunity to focus in-depth on a niche subject matter by attending a leading international university has enriched my overall experience at law school tremendously, as has the opportunity to be a part of a different community for a semester (the level of student activism and student protesting in London was fascinating!).”