Ido Mashinsky, one of AAU’s LLB graduates, has confirmed that his University of London degree has been fully recognized by Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He will be taking a series of 8 exams that are standard for any foreign trained attorney and hopes to begin his internship within a year.This is a remarkable achievement as he is the first student from London to apply for and receive recognition in the LLB program. We asked him a couple of questions about both the LLB program and his plans for the future:
How did you decide on the LLB program with a University of London accreditation at Anglo-American University, Prague?
I’ve been living in Prague since I was 14, and I wanted to stay in Prague to do my degree. I was interested in studying law so the LLB program at AAU provided me with the perfect opportunity to stay in the city I loved, study what I wanted and obtain a degree from a respected, globally recognized university.
Often times a moment can define an experience. What professors, classes or moments are most memorable to you?
One of the most memorable moments I have from the LLB program was during my second year, preparing for the Jessup international moot court competition. Although it was quite tedious and frustrating at times, I had a lot of fun working with our team and it was a very interesting experience.
What parts of the LLB program pleasantly surprised you? What did you enjoy most about the program?
What I enjoyed particularly about the LLB program at AAU was the small, focused classes that allowed for an informal, close relationship between students and instructors. This was particularly helpful when the examinations approached, because several instructors offered extra lessons as exam preparation and went through main aspects in more detail, which would be hard to do with a much larger group of students, which ended up making an enormous difference while sitting the exams.
What options did you consider as you neared completion of the program?
As I neared the completion of the program, I had several options.
The University of London LLB is a qualifying law degree in England and Wales, so I could have gone to either country to start a legal practice course for one year, try to obtain a training contract at a law firm at the end, and pass the bar exams there after 2 years.
I also could have stayed in Prague and studied a master’s degree in law (or another topic). I also had the option of going back to Israel, where I would have had to have my degree recognized, after which I would have to pass exams in Israeli law for foreign educated lawyers, start my internship, and take the bar exams after a year.
What have you practically gained from the LLB program?
During the LLB program I gained lots of practical experience in constructing legal arguments. One example was during the Jessup international moot court competition, where I learned ways to confront complex problems and reconcile contrasting views towards a specific topic, as often required at the externally administered exams.
Was the process of recognition of your degree in Jerusalem complicated? Were there many steps?
The process of recognition at the Hebrew University was not complicated as the information on the website made it seem. In order to start an internship in Israel, once a law student has graduated, the student is required to open an internship file at the bar association’s office. Foreign law students are required, before this step, to obtain degree recognition from the Hebrew University. The process itself did not take long since prior to filing the request, I obtained a letter from the University of London confirming that the degree which I have obtained was, in fact, a qualifying law degree. The International Programmes’ is recognized by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a Qualifying Law Degree provider, so I did not have any problems at the Jerusalem office.
Where do you see yourself career-wise in the next 5 years?
One thing living in Prague has taught me is that even if you make plans 3, 4, or even 5 years in advance, you can never see what the future holds. Since I came to Prague at age 14 expecting to leave after 2 years and actually leaving 9 years later, I now try to not make any plans for the distant future. However I hope to be independent and have my own law practice in Israel in 5 years’ time.
Publication date: January 08, 2015