Ruba Sulaiman Khaled
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your background etc.?
My name is Ruba Sulaiman Khaled. I did my LLB Law in Saint Joseph University, Dubai where I have lived for 26 years. I chose to study LLB Law due to my interest in having a crime-free society. Law has become my passion and I would now like to pursue it as a career.
What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?
My inspiration for choosing Leeds was my eldest brother who is doing his PhD here. Aside from this, the University of Leeds is one of the top universities in the world which provides a great atmosphere due to its large network of international students.
My decision to pursue a postgraduate course in criminal justice and criminal law was influenced by the perceived increase in crime across the world. After my LLB I wanted to advance my understanding, and I felt that completing an LLM would show ambition and hopefully enhance my career.
What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?
The essence of criminal law is about justice – ensuring that a defendant receives a fair trial, but also that society is protected and that those who have done wrong are punished and rehabilitated.
What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?
The LLM programme is research-oriented, which gives me the opportunity to dive deep into topics, and with faculty guidance, come out with a publishable piece of research. A research-focused LLM is also a gateway into PhD work, which can open up career doors whether you want to teach or not.
What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?
I am enjoying my time at Leeds, and I generally love Leeds as a city. LLM Criminal Justice and Criminal Law is offered within the dynamic Centre for Criminal justice and Practice with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. This includes opportunities for extra-curricular activities that enhance transferable skills and develop a knowledge of the law’s impact on the wider world.
What do you like to do outside of studying?
I like to read and also write. However, sometimes I like to go out with my friends and enjoy my time after studying hard.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
I would encourage them to apply. Speaking as an international student, I have found adapting to the British University system to be straightforward and the people here are supportive. Having started my course and using the learning facilities, I would encourage anyone to join.
What do you plan to do once you have finished your course?
After completion, I would like to apply for a job to gain some experience and then I have plans to do PhD in criminal justice and criminal law. I think that PhD is superb qualification which can lead me to a successful career.