Muskan Ahluwalia

“At GW, you are counted, you are wanted in class. That opens you up as a student.”
Muskan Ahluwalia
“At GW, you are counted, you are wanted in class. That opens you up as a student.”

Muskan Ahluwalia

LLM, Intellectual Property Law, Class of '18

Muskan Ahluwalia never does things halfway. During her five-year undergraduate and legal education, she pursued 12 short internships in every field of law. "I wanted to get a full view of the law," she explains. After school, her work experience in trademarks led her to develop an interest in intellectual property and to pursue advanced study in the field. "It was my dream since law school to do a master’s degree," she says. But while most of her friends chose to study in London, a bit closer to home, Ahluwalia set her sights on the United States. She was accepted by all five U.S. LLM programs to which she applied, but she chose GW Law because of the strength of the IP curriculum here and the emphasis on networking and community building.

"Whatever I expected in terms of community and networking, the reality is so far beyond," she says. For example, she describes meeting Supreme Court judges from India at GW. "I got to sit across the table from Supreme Court justices from my home country and talk to them!"

 In addition, she has been impressed by the approachability of her GW Law professors, even ones whose classes she has not taken. "The knowledge base of the faculty is so great. A former judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims teaches here. Professors who have written the textbooks we use actually teach them to us. There’s such access here. For a lawyer, networking is the crux of our career, especially when you are an international student." That networking comes not only through relationships with professors, she adds, but from the internship opportunities in D.C. and from interactions with classmates from all over the world. "We’re making friends for life, friends and colleagues worldwide," she emphasizes. But the key advantage of attending GW Law, she says, is "being wanted here. You really feel that here from every professor."

She is also thoroughly enjoying life in D.C. Although she was raised in a small city in India, she has adapted easily to a larger city. "I'm very glad I chose D.C. It has a nice vibe. It's a compact city, very easy to get around, and it's neat and clean. And there’s so much to do here," says Ahluwalia. She cites the museums, theaters, parks, and restaurants as being great advantages of D.C. life, along with its proximity to beaches and mountains for an abundance of day-trip opportunities. Ahluwalia also has found opportunities to explore the area through GW Trails. Organized by GW university for all 13 of its undergraduate and graduate schools, GW Trails offers trekking events that serve as both opportunities to explore the region and to meet students from GW’s business, medical, and other schools.

Ahluwalia is pleased that she took her time to find the right program and that she found her way to GW. She advises, "If you really care about your career, if you want to meet with judges and have one-on-one interaction and make connections with big companies and law firms, if you want to make contacts for life, then all those things lead to GW."