Marium Jabyn, SJD Candidate
Male’, Republic of Maldives
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Maldives National University (formerly known as the Maldives College of Higher Education)
What I Did Before Law School:
Law is an undergraduate subject in the Maldives similar to many other common law countries. After graduating law school in 2004, I taught Criminal Law, Tort and Law of Equity & Trust from January 2005 to June 2006 at the same law school I graduated from.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
I was chosen as a Fulbright scholar to the U.S. in 2006 and I had to choose a U.S. university to do my LL.M. degree. Though the system of law in USA is comparatively different from the common law system, which is practiced in the Maldives, I chose to come to U.S. and consecutively to UPenn because it was portrayed as one of the most prestigious and best universities in the field of international law to me by the Fulbright authorities in the U.S.
Penn Law has proved to be among the best decisions of my life. I had ample opportunities to widen my horizons in the field of international law and human rights. Penn Law is a place for education, networking and fun.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
I have had countless good experiences at Penn. However my best experience was the clinical experience, which was truly amazing; it’s the best form of education for prospective lawyers where you actually learn theory and practice at the same time.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
It’s hard to say which professor influenced me most. Every one of them has influenced my perspectives about my career and life in general in different ways. If I had to pick the best professor I would choose Professor William Burke-White for many reasons. His ability to keep a class of 110 students engaged in a single conversation will continue to amaze me. I have truly been enriched as a student, a lawyer and as a firm believer of human rights.
My Favorite Course:
My favorite course of all was Human rights and National Security with Professor Burke-White. I have learned immensely about International law, state compliance and the human rights violations across the globe. The course has left me amazed and bewildered and yet determined enough to say that international law is not ineffective.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
That would be the time when I went skating with the LLM’s during fall. Almost over 80% of the class didn’t know how to skate. I fell down a couple of times on the ice and also made other people fall down with me. It was one fun day with two people trying to teach the rest how to skate. I enjoyed it, loved it and count it as one of the best times I have had in Philly.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
It was my honor to have been able to contribute a different perspective to every class I attended at UPenn. And I am proud to be a part of this unique place, where I’ve felt important and cherished by my colleagues and professors everyday.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
I believe in taking opportunities as they come in life. Even though, I would not recommend it, I have taken five courses each semester and tried to make the most of the one-year LLM I also attended many conferences and lectures, which were organized by the Penn Law community. Apart from that, my commitments at UPenn include membership in the Penn Law Human Rights Advocates, member of International law Organization, Associate Editor for University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, representative for the LLM committee and Mediator for the PEACE project / Philadelphia Bar Association.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
I love going for short walks and see the beautiful buildings and artwork displays. And I absolutely love shopping at Ann Taylor, my favorite designer who has a store on campus. What more can you wish for?