What were you doing before you began the MCL?
I worked for nearly six years at Khaitan & Co. (Mumbai), one of India’s oldest and largest law firms. I was a senior associate with the capital markets team.
Why did you take the MCL?
I believed that acquiring theoretical knowledge from a masters degree in Law would greatly aid and complement my practical experience and consequently help my professional development as a lawyer. The MCL seemed tailor-made for a lawyer who specialised in corporate law and finance. No other competing masters programme offered the subjects, in particular the Deals Course, which the MCL offered. Additionally, the opportunity to study Law at the University of Cambridge was not something to pass up.
What were your impressions of the MCL?
The class size being kept down to only 25 students was really what made the MCL special. It allowed greater interaction with the academics that was invaluable. The small class size helped to make the programme simultaneously more collegial competitive and provided me with an excellent opportunity to study with some of the very best lawyers from across the world. The diversity backgrounds of the MCL cohort was valuable as it fostered a genuinely international exchange of ideas and experiences.
With most of the subjects there was a strong pratical dimension that was very valuable. The interaction with the partners and associates of the best law firms in London on a consistent basis was also highly instructive. The insights they provided with the reports we gave as part of the Deals Course were highly instructive and the one on one feedback they provided was a valuable learning experience.
What are your post-MCL plans and have they changed due to taking the MCL?
My post MCL plans have not really changed. I had planned to carry on working with a law firm and specialize in corporate finance post completion of the MCL and this is what I continue to intend to do.