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Student Success Series: Pursuing Excellence in Law

16 Dec 2020

Hind Khier, a student at the College of Law, talks about her studies and future aspirations

Student Success Series: Pursuing Excellence in Law

In this exclusive interview, we speak to Hind Khier, a second-year Juris Doctor (JD) student at Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Law, about her future aspirations and why the JD  was her program of choice.

Please tell us about your area of study at HBKU.

My area of study is law. I am currently pursuing a professional Juris Doctor (JD) degree, which covers general law subjects, such as Constitutional Law, Torts, Contracts Law, Business Law, Civil Procedures, Property Law, and Advocacy Skills. The purpose of the JD is to prepare students with a well-rounded knowledge of the legal system and laws that govern our society. The JD will add a practical element to real-life training and emphasize applying logical solutions to complex problems. 

What motivated you to pursue this area of study at HBKU?

Throughout my undergraduate study, I became particularly interested in non-profit work, and I started to conduct research on Qatari law. Furthermore, I took elective law courses to expand my  knowledge.

What are your short-term and long-term aspirations?

My short-term aspiration is to join UCLA’s law school after graduation, pursue an LLM, and take the bar exam in the US. My long-term aspiration is to then return to Qatar and give back through teaching the younger generations and help develop the legal profession in the country. In addition, one of my life goals is to become a founder and help establish an NGO dedicated to supporting women’s education in war zones.

How have your studies helped you develop and advance your career?

I have gained a wide range of knowledge in law, and I have been exposed to more opportunities that will set the foundation for my career. In particular, the courses allow me to explore a spectrum of legal systems that will prepare me to work anywhere in the world. 

What is the impact you see yourself making in your society in the future?

I was fortunate enough during my studies to have met professors who took the time to invest in, nurture, and enhance my knowledge on the rules of law. Thus, I would want to pass on the torch by creating a similar experience for future students. It is particularly important in a male-dominated field to represent the legal profession from a female perspective and encourage more females to study law. 

What was the highlight of your time at HBKU, and why?

In retrospect, throughout my academic experience, I felt the one thing I was most grateful for was meeting exceptional peers, who consistently inspired and supported me. Having people to lean on and learn from were essential to my experience.

In what ways did your HBKU experience differ from your expectations when you first joined?

Prior to joining HBKU, I was aware of the challenges the course would bring. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see the overwhelming support of the faculty and my peers, who made the entire journey more fulfilling and helped me view the world through a different lens. 

Any additional thoughts for potential HBKU applicants?

This journey helped me change my mindset for the better. This unique experience has also exposed me to different legal systems, spanning  European, American, and Qatari law. Not only do you feel the support of your peers, but you also benefit from professors who take pride in building lawyers with a good conscience, strong ethics, and moral code. If you have a passion for law, I encourage you to apply to this great program that will empower you to make a difference in your society.