LL.M. Student Othman Alfarhan, Kuwait Attorney
He plans to go on to get his S.J.D. and then to have a career in academia
In this final installment of “Meet the LL.M. Class,” we introduce you to Othman Alfarhan, who earned his bachelor of laws from Kuwait University, where he served on the law school student council. He went on to work as an attorney and legal advisor at Ooredoo Telecom. He plans to pursue an academic research career in civil litigation.
What motivated your involvement with student government?
Mostly I was eager to change things around me for the greater good. When I was elected to the student council, I was in my second year. During my freshman year, I had figured out that many things could be fixed if I participated in the council, and so I did.
Can you discuss your work as an attorney in Kuwait?
Soon after graduation, I had my internship in a mid-size law firm for a year. Later, I practiced commercial & civil law in a multinational law firm, where when I was a junior associate in the international division. After two years, I got an offer in a telecom company, so I worked as an in-house lawyer. In this position, I was exposed to the telecommunication, commercial, and civil law practice areas.
What is your professional goal in enrolling in an LL.M. Program?
I am seeking the opportunity to do an S.J.D program after successfully completing the LL.M program. I had the ambition—and still have—to teach law but have not had the opportunity.
Why did you select Minnesota Law as the place to get you LL.M.?
I was amazed by the variety of LL.M concentrations Minnesota Law offers, overall ranking among law schools in the United States, and the diverse culture that exists in the Twin Cities.
Minnesota Law is a place known for putting an emphasis on leadership. What does leadership mean to you?
I always believed in the phrase “Lawyers are leaders” and that every lawyer should constantly advocate for good causes and help others with knowledge.
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I like exploring new places, playing soccer, and am interested in history and art.
How do you plan to spend your free time in Minnesota/ the United States?
Visiting history museums, art exhibitions, and looking for outdoor experiences.
What three words best describe you?
No-quitter, patient, and ambitious.
What are you most looking forward to in your time at Minnesota Law?
Learning and sharing experiences.