Bilal Afzal Khokhar
Bilal Afzal Khokhar graduated from Swansea in both 2006 and 2007 having completed the LLM in International Commercial Law and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). He currently works as a Senior Associate for a Law firm in Pakistan.
Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?
A previous student of Swansea University encouraged me to complete the LLM. After spending some quality time here I decided to complete the GDL as well.
What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?
The student friendly atmosphere, liaising with lecturers, and the easy access to student facilities.
What are you doing now career-wise?
After completing my masters’ degree at Swansea University, I completed the GDL and then applied for the BVC in London and qualified as a Barrister in 2008. At present I am working as a Senior Associate in one of the biggest law firms in Pakistan. I am responsible for drafting petitions, legal opinions and pleadings, doing legal research and appearing in the High Courts and District Courts. I am also assisting my senior in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, including most recently the contempt of court case involving the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
After days of hard work, when a judge gives a ruling/judgment in my favour that is the time when I feel proud of myself and satisfied of fulfilling professional duties with utmost honesty and belief. Moreover, the satisfied look on my client face is the most important thing which gears up my moral and encourages me to work even harder.
What advice do you have for current students and new graduates?
Work hard and if you feel comfortable, carry on to higher studies in the same field by doing Masters, GDL and LPC from Swansea University - it has a great Law Faculty. Enjoy your time in one of the beautiful cities in Wales!
What are your plans for the future?
At present, I would like to continue with my law practice in Islamabad and I’d also like to start giving lectures as a visiting faculty in one of the local Law schools. I am also planning to visit Swansea with my family. I always considered Swansea as my second home and would like my family to share the time I have spent in the University and in the City.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Coming to Swansea University was the turning point in my life. It has made me what I am today and I am proud of that.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Swansea?
My time spent in Swansea is still fresh in my mind and I enjoyed every single bit of it! My first day in Beck House was very memorable - I met all of my housemates and was welcomed by the University staff. I didn’t feel that I was a newcomer or a foreign student as everyone was so co-operative and friendly. Cooking in my house was also something that I really enjoyed but it was very embarrassing when the spices used to set off the fire alarm! Jogging on the beach side was one of my favourite activities, and I played cricket for Swansea Cricket Club for two seasons which was an excellent experience.
And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…
Hardworking, Loyal & Passionate