Ana Kochiashvili

What were you doing before the MCL?

Before coming to Cambridge I was a practicing lawyer in Tbilisi, Georgia. I started my practice in corporate law immediately after graduating from law school. I was growing professionally and learning a lot through my practice, but I always planned to spend a year studying abroad. I was looking for a programme that would match my expectations and the MCL was exactly that.

What were your impressions of the MCL?

A friend introduced me to the MCL about 18 months ago and when I first read the description of the programme I was really excited. The MCL differs in many respects from traditional LL.M programmes. It is focused on corporate law in the UK and around the world. The modules offered to MCL students are diverse and exclusive. I don't think many masters programmes teach you how to manage a law firm or how to enhance your value as a lawyer to your clients. The Deals course cannot compare to any other legal subjects I have taken. Even though I have several years of practice the knowledge acquired from this course is indispensable. Sometimes taking a year off for studies separates you from the real world, but the MCL does the opposite - it keeps your experience as real as possible. You are never out of touch with legal practice and you get to work on deals that are in the news almost every day. You are not only learning about the law, but you are practicing it the same way any transactional lawyer does.

Looking back today I am very happy that I chose to apply to the MCL. I was definitely very lucky to have acquired a place among so many brilliant lawyers from around the world. Without them the whole experience would not have been the same.

What are your post-MCL plans and have they changed due to taking the MCL?

I am returning to Georgia to continue working in corporate law and to start applying my MCL wisdom to the work that I will be doing. In the future, I will definitely advise my corporate lawyer friends to apply to the MCL.