BA in Sociology

Anees Mokhiber, 2014

Anees Mokhiber

Studying the legal world from different vantage points and learning how the law pervades each facet of society has been enlightening. The law serves as a unifying aspect to each societal domain. No matter where you look, the law is there, either as a guiding hand or a wolf in sheep’s clothing. For better of worse, the law has its mooring widespread. That being said, I love the process of having my eyes opened to the ever-present influence of the law. My legal studies have provided me with yet another lens through which I can observe society more analytically and more realistically. Perhaps the lens that is most needed for someone looking to exact influence on several of society’s most tender compartments.

My sociology major was incredibly influential, both in my decision to attend law school and my approach to learning in school. Through my study of sociology I came to understand the nuances of the world around me. I also came to appreciate that there are certain critical issues that face our society, which shape our society, that I can confront with the law as my weapon of choice. My approach to learning Sociology was a precursor to my approach in law school. Studying Sociology broadened my perspective on analysis and interpretation of the societal phenomena that shape our world, cultivating my appreciation for the influence of subtlety, history, and human thought. Those skills proved critical in law school, as I was constantly required to analyze and interpret statutes, laws, policies, constitutions, and judicial opinions. My philosophy major has come in handy as well and, in some ways, I like to think I followed the trail blazed by Alfred Schutz, who was pioneer in both Sociology and Philosophy, on his way to practicing International Law.

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