Allan Kobel has always been passionate about all things information technology. By age 15, he had already developed his first website. “I loved computers and fixing things,” he says. Growing up, he thought he would eventually pursue further education and a career in tech. Kobel even received a fully-funded government scholarship for a degree in software engineering in Uganda, but found himself turning down the prestigious offer. The more he learned, the more Kobel found his interests growing beyond tech, and into the world of transactional law.
In 2016, he took the plunge and moved to Atlanta, Georgia — the diverse and global city of the Southern United States — to attend Emory University School of Law. He has never looked back.
Reflecting on what brought him from Africa to Georgia, Kobel says that he wanted an education that would show him a different culture and way of life – the quintessential American lifestyle experience. “Emory prepared me for that,” he says happily.
Emory Law was exactly what he was looking for: “The more research I did about the classes I would be taking, the more it confirmed that it was what I really wanted,” he recalls.
Emory University is a school that reflects its home city — diverse, inclusive, and eager to instill fresh perspectives into the minds of its students as they become part of the communities where they live, study and work.
As much a hub for arts and culture as it is for global businesses, Atlanta is also home to state and federal government offices, many Fortune 500 firms, and one of the world’s most widely recognised news networks, CNN. Civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis served nearly three-fourths of the city as a district representative for over 30 years. It’s been a creative hub for musicians from Outkast to Janelle Monae, and the city’s Little Five Points is still one of America’s most charming neighborhoods. With over 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the tree-lined campus is located on 631 acres of land in the heart of the city. Students are in walking distance of housing options, libraries and public transportation.
The Master of Laws (LLM) is a 24-credit-hour programme designed for individuals who already possess a first degree in law and are looking for professional and academic growth. It’s an academically rigorous course that offers volunteer opportunities to gain practical legal skills, creating a fulfilling LLM experience.
Emory is known as an international research university, with a law department that boasts a number of academic programmes, clinics and legal centres. These bring together legal expertise, study and community needs. There are in-depth seminars, conferences and symposiums led by world-renowned experts and respected practitioners.
Kobel’s academic journey ensured that he would learn skills that he would use out of the classroom, giving him insight into real world situations such as deal negotiations, contract drafting and legal writing. “I was more interested in something that’s practical, instead of theoretical. And the classes were specifically geared for that,” Kobel says.
The world-class faculty — who are practitioners, thought leaders and innovators — conducts nationally acclaimed legal clinics to provide students with training to face real world challenges first-hand. Experiential opportunities, such as simulation courses, volunteer opportunities, “Doing Deals” courses, and a focus on building practical legal skills aA
Kobel, now an attorney at Epiq Global and providing legal services to law firms, corporations, institutions and government agencies, is confident that his time at Emory Law shaped his career: “On a day to day basis, I investigate financial crimes like money laundering and racketeering,” he says. “I also look into matters regarding corporate bankruptcies, and review documents and communications.”